Work, gambling eyed in 'rights' lawyer slay

Bandera (Mindanao) - - Front Page -

INVESTIGATORS are looking into slain human rights lawyer Atty. Benjamin Ramos' work and gambling activities as among the possible motives for his murder in Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental, a police official said Thursday.

Chief Supt. John Bulalacao, Western Visayas regional police director, said they are also considering some "persons of interest" to help shed light on the killing.

Probers are looking at, among others, Ramos' professional practice as a lawyer, Bulalacao said in a

statement.

"We have gathered information that Atty. Ramos provides legal assistance and counsel for farmers involved in forced land occupation and land grabbing receiving alleged share. This infuriated the landlords and legitimate land beneficiaries," he said.

Another angle being considered is gambling which, Bulalacao said, Ramos had been "deeply engaged in."

"While there is a possibility that he got the ire of those who have collectibles from his gambling activity, such remains part of the investigation that we do not want to preempt," the police official said.

"We regret that we cannot divulge material information meantime so as not to jeopardize the on-going investigation efforts," Bulalacao added.

Chief Supt. Benigno Durana, PNP spokesman, told reporters that he recieved information that Ramos was into mahjong. — John Roson

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