Slain Espinosa lawyer laid to rest

Joworski Alipon, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Feb 25 2018 05:51 PM | Updated as of Feb 25 2018 09:56 PM

CEBU -- Residents of Ronda town joined the family and friends of slain Vice Mayor Atty. Jonah John Ungab as he was laid to rest Sunday.

Most of them wore white and black shirts printed with messages seeking for justice.

Ungab's final resting place is a family mausoleum adjacent to the public cemetery of Ronda town, where he had been serving as vice mayor for three terms.

Before he was laid to rest, a requiem Mass was held at the town's Our Lady of Sorrows Parish.

Rev. Fr. Roland Angel Anthony Torres, a former classmate of Ungab in the seminary, delivered the homily for the slain lawyer.

"I know that he will face God's judgment, but let me tell you that he can defend himself," Fr. Torres said.

He also urged the attendees to pray for the enlightenment of the perpetrators.

In his eulogy, John Daniel Ungab, the eldest son of the slain lawyer, recalled the fondest memories he had with his dad.

"His principle to live by is equity. Naa siya client nga dili datu. High-paying lawyer baya siya. Wow, grabeha ha! Nag-handle siya case, isda ra iya gibayad. With equity, he gave everyone equal opportunity," he said.

In between sobs, the young Ungab explained why his father must be remembered as a "great man."

The victim's mother, Alma, said his son is a great loss for the people of Ronda, and a gain in heaven.

Meanwhile, his brother Junald Ungab appealed to the witnesses to speak out and to the municipal government to allocate funds for a reward in an effort to hunt the culprits.

The town's chief executive is the uncle of the killed lawyer.

His wife, Pearl, was also in tears for she can hardly accept the untimely demise of her husband.

"Ikaw lamang ang akong mahalon hangtud sa panahon nga matapos," said Pearl. 

(I will love you forever.)

Ungab became controversial when he handled the cases of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa.

He was shot dead inside his car after attending the promulgation of a case lodged against Espinosa at the Cebu City Regional Trial Court (RTC) last February 19.

Authorities in Cebu City are looking at three possible angles -- personal motive, politics and Ungab's work as a lawyer.