The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) condemns the treacherous and cold blooded murder of Atty. Sitti Gilda Mahinay-Sapie (Atty. Mahinay-Sapie) and her husband, Muhaimen Mohammad Sapie, in the afternoon of July 14, 2021 in Davao City.
The IBP extends its deepest condolences to the family, relatives and friends of Atty. Mahinay-Sapie and her husband whom they have suddenly left behind during this terrible time and will endeavor to provide the necessary aid and comfort to their family in their hour of need.
As the IBP prepares to assist and coordinate with Atty. Gilda Mahinay-Sapie’s family, investigators, and law enforcement officials in investigating, identifying, pursuing, arresting, and prosecuting the suspects, it nonetheless calls upon the government to protect its citizens from such brazen killings and to ensure that lawyers can do their jobs without fear of reprisal, attacks, and harassment.
Amidst the apparent attacks on lawyers with impunity, we enjoin all Filipino lawyers to express their condemnation and indignation against the same by courageously upholding their sworn duty to provide justice for all.