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Lawyer of ‘Sagay 9’ massacre gunned down in Negros

Lawyer Benjamin Ramos of the Sagay 9 massacre was shot dead by unknown assailants on Tuesday (Photo courtesy: National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers)

The lawyer of the slain Sagay 9 farmers was shot dead by still unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants on Tuesday, November 6.

The victim, identified as Human Rights lawyer Atty. Benjamin Ramos, was smoking while talking to the owner of a sari-sari store when he was gunned down in Roxas Street, Barangay Binucuil.

According to authorities, Ramos was rushed to the Holy Mother of Mercy Kabankalan City Hospital but was declared dead on arrival after sustaining 3 gunshot wounds.

The 56-year-old lawyer is the secretary general of the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers Negros Occidental chapter. He also assisted the National Federation of Sugar Workers following the massacre of the nine farmers at Hacienda Nene in Sagay town last month.

In a statement posted on Facebook, the NULP described the Negros-based lawyer as a “passionate, dedicated and articulate yet amiable and jolly.”

They also added that Ramos was also a pro-bono lawyer of peasants, environmentalists, activists, political prisoners and mass organizations in Negros. The group then detest the lawyer’s unjust killing “has distressed all of us,” but it “will not be cowed.”

According to the police, the killing of Ramos may be linked to his work as a human rights lawyer, adding that the victim received numerous death threats.

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