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Bishop Alminaza of San Carlos said the killing is "another mark of senselessness on the use of violence against human life"
The human rights group said 110 lawyers were killed from 1972 to the present, and 61 of those killings have taken place since 2016
“Haven’t our police and the government learned that falsely accusing, lying, and killing will never work?” said the bishop
Bishop Broderick Pabillo of Manila criticized the government’s “unnecessary use of force” to achieve its goal, especially against activists
The Church leaders denounce the 'unfathomable acts that disrespect life and violate human rights'
Church groups expressed alarm at the killings and concern about "red-tagging” of opponents as communists or terrorists
Gunmen shot and killed Mayor Ronald Aquino and his three aides in a shootout in the city of Calbayog on March 8
The Episcopal Commission on Social Action, Justice, and Peace denounced the “unnecessary use of force and violence” against activists
The lawyer is counsel for various public interest and human rights cases, including one of the 37 petitions questioning the Anti-Terrorism law