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Lawyers condemn ambush, slay of Rex Fernandez

Lawyers condemned the ambush-killing of Atty. Rex Jma Fernandez by a still unknown gunman at Duterte Street, Banawa, Guadalupe, Cebu last August 26, 2021.

Atty. Gerardo “Gerry” Carillo said Fernandez was his former partner in the law firm although they shared differences in opinion and strategy in their legal advocacy. But he respected his legal stand and his aggressiveness in the practice.

“He does not deserve such a dastardly act and any lawyer does not deserve to be murdered just because of their advocacy,” Carillo said.

He added that the death of Fernandez seeks justice and condemnation for those who perpetuated such cowardly and contemptuous acts.

Atty. Noemi Truya said that Fernandez was a comrade, colleague, and friend.

“His death is a shock to all of us in the human rights community. I’ve worked with him as his law office partner for 10 years and we know how passionate he can be in advancing the cause of his clients, to the extent of going to jail for them,” Truya said.

“I’m beyond words. I did not think that my next post about a lawyer getting violently killed would be about him,” Truya added.

“No words, indeed. Another colleague has fallen with his boots on. We had lost count. It has not stopped and every lawyer is a sitting duck,” said Atty. Edre Olalia, president of NUPL.

Olalia said Fernandez was a founding member of National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) in 2007. He was also a Karapatan counsel for years.

“He was passionate, intense and brave, even as he was unique in many ways. He handled many Amparo cases of activists when it was a promising remedy then,” Olalia added. ELIAS O. BAQUERO