By JANESS ANN J. ELLAO
MANILA — A human rights lawyer based in Roxas City survived an ambush attack late morning today, Sept. 23, after attending a hearing.
Lawyer Criselda Heredia posted on her Facebook account that her car was strafed while traversing Timpas, Panitan town in Capiz, just a stone’s throw away from a military camp Antonio Belo.
Nine bullets were recovered from the car, she told Bulatlat.
Heredia was accompanied by her daughter and a client.
In a message sent to Bulatlat.com, Heredia said the target of the assailant could either be her or her client.
In a statement, lawyers group National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers chapter in Panay held state security forces accountable.
Heredia, according to NUPL, has been “red-tagged in posters and has been personally threatened by a military agent who visited her office and warned her to slow down on her human rights advocacy.”
Apart from being a lawyer, Heredia is also a cultural worker who used to perform musical presentations and has mounted painting exhibits in both Iloilo and Roxas City.
NUPL-Panay said the attack came in the wake of the call of international organizations to President Duterte to protect lawyers in the Philippines.