Bishop condemns killing of Cebuano human rights lawyer

Bishop condemns killing of Cebuano human rights lawyer

Human rights lawyer Rex Fernandez. PHOTO FROM ATTY. FERNANDEZ’S FACEBOOK ACCOUNT

By CBCP News

August 31, 2021

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop expressed grief over the “senseless murder” of human rights lawyer Rex Fernandez and urged authorities to investigate the incident.

Bishop Gerardo Alminaza of San Carlos, head convenor of the Visayas Clergy Discernment Group, said the killings of innocents must stop.

“We join the call for a speedy investigation of his murder,” Alminaza said.

A hooded gunman ambushed Fernandez’s car and killed the lawyer in Cebu City on Aug. 26. His driver was also hurt in the attack.

Alminaza said the lawyer, a former Redemptorist seminarian, “had a heart for the people and had touched so many lives”.

Since 2010, Fernandez had actively supported the bishops and clergy of VCDG and the Archdiocese of Cebu Discernment Group on issues such as labor rights, urban poor welfare, environment protection and good governance.

The prelate added that when the clergy, religious, and lay people in the Visayas needed legal assistance, the lawyer readily offered his time and expertise.

“We pray that Atty. Rex did not die in vain. In fact, his sacrifice should lead us to a conversion of heart and mind to that of Jesus’,” Alminaza added.

“In effect, we can courageously and consistently pursue efforts to address the roots of sinful social structures and evil practices,” he also said.

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