MANILA - The death of one judge would intimidate all other judges as there are only a few of them, Acting Chief Justice Antonio Carpio said Friday.
“It’s always a cause for concern if a judge is killed because we only have few judges and that means that if a judge is killed, you intimidate all the other judges,” Carpio told a convention of lawyers from Southern Luzon.
Last month, Ricky Begino, a judge from the San Jose-Lagonoy Municipal Circuit Trial Court, was shot dead in Camarines Sur allegedly over land dispute.
A suspect has been arrested in relation to the death, but authorities are still investigating if the motive was a personal issue or part of a case Benigno was handling.
Judge Godofredo Abul Jr. of the Butuan Regional Trial Court was also gunned down outside his house in Butuan City last year. The attack also left his wife wounded.
- report from Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News