Palawan lawyer shot dead while on his way to hearing

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, November 17) — A lawyer was shot dead while on his way to a hearing in the Municipality of Quezon, Palawan on Tuesday, said the Integrated Bar of Philippines.

In a statement, the IBP condemned the killing of Eric Jay A. Magcamit, which happened in broad daylight.

A report from the Palawan Police Provincial Office said the incident happened at 6:46 a.m., as Magcamit was traveling from Puerto Princesa to Quezon. A witness said Magcamit's Innova was flagged down by two unidentified persons who made him step out of the vehicle, and was then gunned down.

The report said Magcamit sustained two gunshot wounds in his right cheek and one in his leg, and was killed instantly.

The gunmen immediately fled the scene.

The IBP denounced the killing, saying, "It is our consistent stand that violence has no place in this civilized society, especially against those in the legal profession who are courageously helping in the administration of justice."

The IBP added that the act was not only an attack on their group, but also on the "legal order and justice system by means of fear and violence." The said those responsible must be brought to justice.

"We deeply mourn for the loss of a brother," said the IBP.

In an update, police said they have dashcam footage of two male suspects and are now looking through CCTV footage along the route to and from the crime scene.

They added Magcamit had told his wife that a vehicle had followed him on several occasions.

Police said Magcamit's killing may be due to "work-related issues."

To date, more than 50 lawyers and other members of the judiciary have been killed since July.

CNN Philippines' Anjo Alimario contributed to this report.