As we denounce the killing of Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla and grieve a great loss to the judiciary, we call out the speculations and rumors, bordering on misogyny or victim-blaming that circulated upon the news of her death. We decry the exploitative sharing of graphic and gory videos or photos of her brutal killing that violate her privacy and offend the feelings of her family and loved ones. We urge parties concerned to take down and stop publishing such recordings.
We respect the memory of and do justice to Judge Abadilla and all judges, prosecutors, lawyers, and workers in the justice sector who were killed for doing their sworn duty even under challenging circumstances by adhering to facts, conducting a thorough and credible investigation, quickly ensuring accountability after due process, and instituting reforms to protect and secure those who implement the rule of law.
We honor the supreme sacrifice of Judge Abadilla and all our fallen colleagues by courageously and consistently improving the administration of justice.
ATTY. DOMINGO EGON Q. CAYOSA
National President and Chairman of the 24th Board of Governors
Integrated Bar of the Philippines