Atty. RM Manito CHR

Arnell Ozaeta

Batangas – The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) denounces the killing of Reginald Michael Manito, a 42-year old lawyer who is a candidate for councilor in Sto. Tomas City in Batangas.

Last February 17, Manito was shot dead by two unidentified gunmen who barged into his office in Gov. Malvar Ave., Barangay Poblacion 1, Sto Tomas City around 11:20am

Manito’s secretary was unhurt from the shooting. 

After the shooting, the suspects escaped towards an unknown direction. 

CHR spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia in a statement said “CHR strongly denounces this latest killing of another member of the legal profession.”

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has likewise started its own investigation on the killing. 

“There have been numerous attacks against lawyers in recent years, which contribute to a hostile and fearful environment for those working to pursue justice,” De Guia said.

De Guia said that the CHR is also calling on local authorities in Batangas to exert all efforts in pursuing the suspects. 

“We also harp our repeated plea to the government to ensure greater protection of lawyers and all agents of law to enable them to do their duty without fear of retaliation. Similarly, tighter security measures must be implemented during this fragile period of election season,” she added.