Sagay victims of the massacre: We do not know the murdered attorney
Gilbert Bayoran (Philippine Star) – November 11, 2018 – 12:00 PM
BACOLOD CITY, Philippines – Parents of agricultural workers who were killed in Sagay, Negros Occidental last month, explained reports that their lawyer Benjamin Ramos was killed by the Human Rights Ombudsperson.
"The Hindi Empire of Siya Kelas (We Do not Know It)," said New Bantigue, the niece of one of the deaths.
Joemarie Cañete, whose husband died in the massacre, said none of her family members met Ramos.
Prior to the killing, Ramos allegedly helped relatives of the victims of the massacre.
Fascists' relatives were presented at a press conference Friday to dismiss such reports.
Chief Inspector Robert Mansueto, Chief of Police at Sagay, said families of eight out of nine deaths sought police protection.
Militant groups have accused the state security forces of participating in the assassination of Ramos, founder of the National Alliance of Lawyers.
President Dortter dismissed the charges, saying he would not kill the lawyer, though he repeated the call to police officers to arrest the predators.
Chief Inspector John Bulalacao, the head of the West Visayas police, said Ramos provided legal aid to farmers who filed charges for land acquisition, which "sparked landowners and legitimate land users."
What kind of illegal gambling?
Meanwhile, Ramos' widow expressed her discomfort because of the filipino national police request that illegal gambling is among the possible motives of his murder.
In an interview for MBC Aksyon Radyo, Clarissa Ramos said her husband had been under the supervision of a number of casualty activists for several years.
Last year Clarissa said her husband was included in the list of communist rebel armies.
Michael de la Concepcion from Bayan Negros said the police should investigate the 303th Infantry Brigade to launch a Ramos Violence Campaign, citing the poster it was announcing, and the lawyer was labeled as a communist rebel.