IBP condemns killings of 2 lawyers killed in Pangasinan, Rizal

Integrated Bar of the Philippines

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) condemned the murders of lawyers Val Crisostomo of the IBP-Pangasinan chapter and Adilberto Golla Jr. of the IBP-Manila IV chapter. The lawyers were slain in isolated incidents in Pangasinan and Rizal provinces last Friday.

A statement by IBP executive vice president and incoming president-elect Domingo Egon Cayosa notes the organization hoped the killers of the two lawyers would be apprehended soon.

“We sympathize with their families and loved ones. IBP will cooperate with the authorities to determine and apprehend their killers and make them accountable,” Cayosa stated.

Crisostomo was across the Dagupan City Hall of Justice when he was gunned down by an individual who then fled on a motorcyle. The lawyer was rushed to a hospital but was found dead upon arrival.

Golla, 45, meanwhile was killed being shot repeatedly inside his automobile at Eastwood Greenview Subdivision in Barangay San Isidro, Rodriguez, Rizal.

Crisostomo was the legal counsel of Globaltech Mobile Online Corp., the operator of the Peryahan ng Bayan (PNB) numbers game, which is currently embroiled in a legal dispute with the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office.

The inbound IBP chief bewailed there was no reason for lawyers in the line of duty to suffer violent deaths. Globaltech similarly condemned the brazen attack on Crisostomo, one of their lawyers, who was on his way to court.

Globaltech’s head for legal, Bernard Vitriolo stated, “We condemn in the strongest terms this cold-blooded murder in broad daylight of our lawyer who was merely doing his job.”

Vitriolo stated that Crisostomo was attending to the criminal and civil cases filed against several agents of the National Bureau of Investigation who illegally raided and arrested their personnel involved in PNB startup operations in Pangasinan.

Globaltech called out on authorities to seek out and arrest the killers and masterminds behind cold-blooded murder of their lawyer in Pangasinan. Vitriolo added that Crisostomo’s murder was very likely connected to their efforts to start up PNB operations in Pangasinan.

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