MANILA - Chief Justice Maria Lourdes Sereno and the rest of the Supreme Court (SC) condemned Sunday the killing of a judge in Butuan City early Saturday.
An unidentified gunman shot dead Godofredo Abul Jr. of the Butuan Regional Trial Court outside his house in Butuan City. The attack also left his wife wounded.
In a statement, the SC expressed "outrage and sadness" over the killing.
"(We) call on the authorities concerned to take all necessary steps with all deliberate speed to do justice for Judge Abul and his wife by fully investigating the crimes committed," Sereno and the justices said.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines likewise raised concern over Abul's assassination.
"Any life - be it innocent or guilty - does not deserve to be taken away so lightly by unaccountable assassins. Summary and violent death sentences administered by unknown individuals is no substitute for a working judicial system," IBP said in a statement.
"Though the loss of one life is already too much, the frequency and the sheer violence attending these acts have reached alarming levels."