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Suspected drug lord's lawyer killed in ambush

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Published Feb 19, 2018

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Manila - The vice mayor of a central Philippine town who works

as the attorney of a suspected drug lord was killed on Monday in an

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ambush by unidentified suspects.

John Ungab, vice mayor of Ronda town in Cebu province, was shot dead

by gunmen who blocked his car along a busy road in Cebu City, 577

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kilometres south of Manila.

Ungab had just attended a court hearing with his client, suspected

drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, a police report said.

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He was shot in the back of the neck and died in hospital, according

to the report.

Espinosa, charged with illegal drug trade and distribution, was

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arrested in October 2016 in Abu Dhabi after President Rodrigo Duterte

accused him and his father of trading illegal drugs and coddling

traffickers or syndicates in their localities.

Espinosa's father, former mayor Rolando Espinosa, was killed in a

police raid on his detention cell in Albuera town in Leyte province

in November 2016.

Ungab is the second lawyer of the Espinosa family to have been

killed. In August 2016, Rolando Espinosa's previous lawyer was shot

dead in an ambush in Tacloban City in Leyte.

Duterte has said the Philippines could become a narco-state through

the alleged involvement of dozens of politicians, police officers,

judges and other officials in the illegal drug trade.

The president has vowed to continue his war on the illegal drug trade

despite criticism over the high death toll and an International

Criminal Court probe, announced on February 8, into alleged

extrajudicial killings related to the campaign.

dpa

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