Cebu lawyers offer solidarity mass for slain colleagues
CEBU CITY, Dec. 28 (PNA) — Lawyers in Cebu on Wednesday morning offered a solidarity mass to show support to their fallen comrades in the profession and denounce their killings.
Fr. Dan Delos Angeles, who is also a lawyer, officiated the solidarity mass which was held at the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu Chapter building in the Cebu Capitol Compound on Escario St., Cebu City.
In his homily, Delos Angeles said the unresolved cases of at least 11 deaths of lawyers recently and in the past years should be given justice.
“Right justice is based on the truth that humans have dignity,” he said.
Among those honored during the mass were slain lawyers Ferdinand Saordino, Norma Garciano, Patrick Ian Osorio, Richard Sison, Jubian Achas, Noel Archival, Arbet Sta. Ana-Yongco, Amelie Ocañada-Alegre, Pepito Suello, Goering George Paderanga, and his son Gerick Paderanga.
The Paderangas were both shot by a security guard at past 8 p.m. on Dec. 22 because of a parking dispute outside their office of F. Ramos St., Cebu City.
IBP Eastern Visayas Governor Elaine Bathan condemned the lawyers’ deaths, especially that of the Paderangas.
“We push further for the speedy resolution of their cases. We call for the authorities to quickly find resolution so that justice will be served and their deaths will find rest and peace,” she said. (PNA)