By Ernie Reyes
MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima expressed her condemnation of the killing of Assistant City Prosecutor Edilberto Mendoza, who was shot dead in front of his house in Cavite on the last day of 2021.
De Lima, a social justice and human rights champion, maintained that one death is too many.
“Hindi pa ba tayo quota sa mga patayan at kailangang tapusin ang taon sa pagpatay sa isa na namang abogado?” she asked in her Dispatch from Crame No. 1198.
“I join the legal community in condemning the killing of Assistant City Prosecutor Edilberto Mendoza of Trece Martires, Cavite.
“As the end of the Duterte regime draws near, the culture of impunity that it has sown in the past 6 years of wanton disregard for human lives continues to wreak havoc on the lives of the people it once vowed to protect,” she added.
Based on media reports, Mendoza was outside his house at around 7:30 a.m. last Dec. 31, 2021, along Barangay Cabuco, TMC, Cavite, when he was shot in the head, making him the 66th lawyer killed in the past five and a half years of Duterte administration.
Cavite police chief Arnold Abad reportedly said the gunman was still unidentified. (ai/mtvn)