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They personify rule of law, embody its majesty  
First posted 04:57am (Mla time) Jan 08, 2006
By Ismael G. Khan Jr.
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A12 of the January 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

THE murder of Judge Henrick Gingoyon of the Pasay Regional Trial Court on that chilly morning before the advent of the New Year should serve as a hot-button reminder to our law enforcement authorities that they have yet to come up with a credible solution to the murders of nine other judges in the last six years alone.

Clearly, the number of fatalities is unacceptable to the members of the bench who are sworn to champion the rule of law and even-handed administration of justice. This prompted newly appointed Chief Justice Artemio V. Panganiban to prod the police to redouble their efforts in solving these crimes so that the perpetrators of what amounts to the commission of an injustice against our judges do not get away with it.

He said, "when injustice is committed against judges, it's very important that justice be given to them. Otherwise, how can the judges be expected to give justice to the people if justice to them is not attended to?"

Apprehension
In fact, around three years ago, the Supreme Court had expressed its undue apprehension over the apparent inability of both the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to provide adequate security and protection to the nation's judges following the killing of Tayug RTC Judge Oscar Uson.

His car was peppered with bullets as it crossed a short bridge in Asingan, Pangasinan on Sept. 27, 2002. An emergency meeting was convened by then Acting Chief Justice Josue N. Bellosillo with NBI and PNP top brass who vowed to keep the nation's 2,214 magistrates safe and secure. They also promised to solve three cases involving the killing of Eastern Samar RTC Judge Celso Lorenzo, Ilocos Norte RTC Judge Ariston Rubio, and Compostella Valley RTC Judge Eugenio Valles.

It's probably a cruel indictment of our law enforcement capability to note that these crimes remain among the "cold cases" in the PNP and NBI morgues. "Coldest" among them, sad to say, is the brazen murder of Judge Isaac S. Puno of the Manila Court of First Instance in the late '70s. Judge Puno was an elder brother of Senior Associate Justice Reynato S. Puno.

Threats for breakfast

Former Quezon City RTC Judge Miriam Defensor-Santiago claimed that she ate death threats for breakfast. That bit of hyperbole does emphasize the fact that death threats and physical intimidation come with the territory. Nearly all of the country's magistrates handling drug cases and heinous crimes have at one time or another been the recipients of such morbid reminders of their vulnerability to murder and mayhem.

Incumbent justices of the Supreme Court have not been spared these threats. Then Associate Justice Panganiban had been so "reminded" when deadly acid was thrown at his car on two different occasions by parties who remain unknown and at large to this day. Not more than two years ago, a black funeral wreath with the word "condolences" was delivered at the front doorsteps of Justice Romeo J. Callejo, Sr.'s house in Quezon City shortly after he had penned the Court's decision on the Kuratong-Baleleng case.

It certainly behooves the government to do its best to put these judicial terrorists behind bars before the country earns yet another invective epithet as "the most murderous place for jurists" in addition to being the "most murderous place for journalists."

Interestingly, both jurists and journalists are natural allies in their quest for truth, and the Court considers the Fourth Estate as the Sixth Pillar in administering the criminal justice system. For starters, the PNP and the NBI could be less reactive and, instead, be more proactive in securing the persons and families of threatened members of the judiciary.

Straight arrows

Two officials of the Supreme Court-Deputy Court Administrator Christopher Lock and Assistant Court Administrator Reuben de la Cruz-can assist them effectively in this effort. Their expertise and experiences as former NBI agents and trial judges can be tapped to improve the intelligence and investigative capabilities of our law enforcement agencies.

Not only can they shoot straight but, even more importantly, their reputation as straight arrows can provide the built-in credibility and quality necessary for any judicial security program to succeed beyond merely allowing judges to carry firearms in going about their tasks, or permitting them to utilize the services of court staff to double as bodyguards.

An amendment to the Revised Penal Code for the imposition of capital punishment on the killing of a judge who was performing his duties could be an effective deterrent.

In any event, Chief Justice Panganiban fully realizes the chilling effect on the administration of justice, which the murder of a sitting judge would engender should its perpetrator escape with impunity. The erosion of the foundations of our social institutions will inevitably result from a failure to uphold the rule of law.

Judicial security

Consequently, his quick moves to reinforce the safety and security of the men and women guarding the ramparts of the judicial establishment could not have come any sooner. A reorganized Committee on Judicial Security has been reinforced and strengthened with the appointment of Justice Cancio C. Garcia as its chair, with Court Administrator Presbitero J. Velasco as vice chair.

It is tasked with devising effective ways and means to address the personal security of all justices and judges in all 13 judicial regions, as well as ensure the security of court premises. One of the committee's immediate projects is to follow through a proposal by Justice Antonio T. Carpio for the organization of a US marshals-type security unit. Aside from providing threatened justices and judges with security, the proposed unit will ensure that any person who assaults, injures or kills a member of the judiciary is relentlessly pursued and brought to justice.

(Khan is the spokesperson of the Supreme Court.)
JUDGES WANT OWN GUNS  
by Jolene R. Bulambot

Underneath the robes of justice, one may find a loaded gun.

Shaken by the New Year’s Eve murder of Judge Henrick Gingoyon in Cavite, several judges in Cebu believe carrying a gun is necessary for their protection.

Executive Judge Simeon Dumdum told reporters on Monday that most of the 16 Regional Trial Court (RTC) judges favor the proposal to arm judges for their protection.

A few like him do not favor carrying a weapon at all.

“Personally, I don't carry a firearm and I don't intend to carry one. During our talk this morning, there were some judges who are amenable and some were not. But a majority supported the proposal,” Dumdum said.

He said only three judges aside from himself - Fortunato De Gracia, Meinrado Paredes, and Generosa Labra - voiced their position against the proposal to arm judges.

“It is my impression that majority of the judges are carrying firearms. In fact, I know many of them who carry guns but I can’t name names. During our informal talk, we talked about our safety and that no amount of protection can protect us from killers,” he said.

Judge Geraldine Econg, who has been carrying a gun for protection for the past five years, told Cebu Daily News she knew that most judges were already carrying firearms for self-defense.

Econg, a former mining and environment lawyer for seven years, said she was forced to arm herself during her private practice because she received actual threats during trips to the mountains where she handled risky negotiations over land disputes and mining claims.

She was appointed a Municipal Trial Court judge in Minglanilla in 2002 and was promoted as an RTC judge in 2004.

Econg said Judge Dumdum gave her two security personnel after she received death threats while handling the parricide case against cult leader Ruben Ecleo in 2004.

The threats have stopped, she said, but the lady judge said she still keeps her guard up wherever she goes.

ENDANGERED
During the Monday flag ceremony at the Palace of Justice, the RTC judges gathered as they usually do for a few minutes of informal talk.

Judge Fortunato De Gracia, a former military judge, said the death of Gingoyon, a Cebuano and human rights lawyer during the 1980s, disturbed all of them.

De Gracia said many judges who attended Monday’s morning conference expressed concern about their mortality. Some joked that they had become an “endangered species,” he added.

De Gracia said he did not believe in carrying a weapon.

The proposal to arm judges was endorsed by Court Deputy Administrator Christopher Lock, head of the committee on security.

“The Cebu judges condemn the killing of Gingoyon in the strongest possible terms and we pray that the authorities get to the bottom of the matter,” Executive Judge Dumdum said.

“This event is another blow meant to instill fear in the judges especially those handling high-profile cases. This would cow judges into just behaving in a threatened manner,” he added.

While many judges worried about their safety, Dumdum assured the public that the December 31 murder would not deter them from being impartial and independent despite the threats.

NO GUARANTEE
Econg, the lady judge who feels safer with a gun, said having one was not a guarantee of safety from harm.

“Having a gun is not enough, it's not even a guarantee. We need to learn the basic skills and we are glad the Supreme Court has provided us training,” she said.

Econg said a 2004 Supreme Court administrative order allows judges to carry firearms outside their residence as long as the judge completes requirements under the law. The order was reissued last year to address the clamor from judges to be issued weapons for self-defense.

“Actually, judges should be treated the way we are, civilians. We are allowed to carry firearms provided we followed the requirements set by law such as passing the psychological test and safety gun test. Majority wants to be armed but we need to be very careful once we acquire a gun and are allowed to carry it,” she said.

Econg said the Supreme Court has a special arrangement with the Philippine National Police to centralize the processing of applications of judges for a gun license and permit. Papers are submitted to the Office of the Court Administrator (OCAD) instead of going directly to Camp Crame.

This also allows the Supreme Court to monitor the judges who carry firearms, Econg said.

The High Tribunal has also allowed judges to handpick from their staff one member to function as a security detail, and provided employee training for this purpose.

Judge Paredes, a long-time colleague of Gingoyon, grieved over the loss of a friend.

Paredes said the two of them talked five days before the ambush and that Gingoyon was excited about coming to Cebu for a visit.

Both became personal friends and former colleagues when they joined the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) during the martial law years.

“He was a very good person, a very soft-spoken one. Henrick was very friendly. He had no enemy. It saddened us to learn about what happened to him. He lived a decent life. He was raised in the Carbon area and struggled to finish his studies. He was a very simple, principled man,” Paredes said.

Paredes said the body of the late judge would be flown to Cebu on Thursday. A tribute would be held during his wake in Rolling Hills funeral home in Mandaue City.
Gov't to unmask brains behind Gingoyon slay  
Published: 7 January 2006 by Cebu Daily News PRESIDENT Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday committed to the family of slain Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon that she would closely follow the investigation into his murder and would not stop until the mastermind was unmasked and prosecuted. The President made the assurance to Gingoyon's widow and children during her visit to the wake of the judge at the Sacred Heart Parish Chapel along D. Jakosalem Street in Cebu City yesterday afternoon. "We commit to dig deeper into the motive and to bring to the bar of justice the brains behind his killing," the President said in her one-sentence response to an Internet conversation with Gingoyon's daughter, Hyacinth. Hyacinth, 27, who is based in Los Angeles, California and unable to come home, had expressed to the President her request for the swift resolution of the killing of her father. Hyacinth told the President that their family was hoping that the suspects so far arrested were the real culprits and not just fall guys. "I hope that even if everything has mellowed down, they will still continue on solving the case so that my father's killing won't be another history in the Philippine judiciary, because if this won't be solved, the killing of judges will continue," Hyacinth said. The President answered Hyacinth with an assurance that her government would do everything to ensure that justice will be given to the slain judge. Arroyo in Cebu for the 46th charter day celebration of Toledo City and the launching of the Sinulog 2006 at the Basilica del Santo Niño in Cebu City, before she went to the wake of the judge around 4 p.m. The President was met by Gingoyon's 84-year-old mother, Concita, wife Maribeth, children, and siblings. Advertisement Rep. Antonio Cuenco (Cebu City, south district) said Arroyo asked Maribeth and Conchita if they had any suspects in mind or if they knew if the judge had been receiving death threats, but Cuenco said they told the President that they had no idea who would want him dead. Cuenco said the President was also concerned about the financial survival of Gingoyon's family as a result of his death but Maribeth, he said, told the President that they would manage, as she has a daughter working abroad. Gingoyon, shot dead near his home in Cavite on New Year's Eve, was brought to his native Cebu on Thursday and welcomed at the Mactan-Cebu International Airport by members of the Gingoyon clan and over a hundred relatives and friends. His remains will be cremated on Sunday. His ashes will be brought back to Bacoor, Cavite, on the same day, to be enshrined in the home he built for his family in Soldiers Hill Subdivision. Five men arrested for their supposed involvement in the killing were released Wednesday night, according to a report in the Inquirer yesterday. Freed were Tony Saban, 25, Rolly Raga, 45, Boyet Ramos, 26, Filemon Arciaga, 47, and Gregorio Ignacio, 34. Police said no evidence was found that could link the five to the Dec. 31 ambush-slay. The five, together with six others now charged with murder, were rounded up by police in separate raids on Monday and Tuesday from houses in Green Valley and Queensrow Subdivision in barangay Molino, Bacoor, Cavite. Gingoyon's residence is in the same barangay.
Judge's slay shocks kith, kin; 80-year-old ma not yet told  
First posted 05:41am (Mla time) Jan 02, 2006 By Jhunnex Napallacan Inquirer Editor's Note: Published on Page A1 of the January 2, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer CEBU CITY-JUDGE HENRICK GINGOYON, a 1978 law graduate of the University of the Visayas, made a name for himself in the city as one of its leading human rights lawyers, defending political detainees in the 1980s. At the height of militant unionism in Metro Cebu between 1984 and 1985, he joined protesting workers, lugging a portable typewriter to prepare court pleadings right on the picket line to prevent the police and military from dispersing the striking workers. After the 1986 People Power Revolution, Gingoyon relocated to Metro Manila when he was named a state prosecutor. He joined the judiciary in the late 1990s. The fourth of eight siblings, Gingoyon regularly came home to Cebu to visit his mother and the grave of his father, Martin, who died two years ago. All of Gingoyon's siblings are in Cebu, except for a sister who lives in the United States. He last visited the city on All Saints' Day, an occasion for the Gingoyon family to hold its annual reunion, according to Elain, daughter of Gingoyon's oldest brother, Jerome. Elain said the judge, his wife Maribeth and their five children--four girls and one boy aged 10 to 28--were supposed to be here on Jan. 15 for the culmination of the Sinulog Festival, held in honor of Cebu's patron saint, the Señor Sto. Niño. "We were all shocked and could not believe what happened," Elain said. Jerome said he was still bewildered by his brother's brutal death. "We are still in a state of grief, so the family cannot issue any statement," he said when reached Saturday. The Inquirer sent a text message yesterday to Jerome asking for a statement from the family but it was his son, Jerade, who responded by saying that they could not issue any statement as his uncle's siblings were still meeting at the family home on Urgello Street. The siblings have to inform their 80-year-old mother, Conchita, about Henrick's death. Jerade said the Gingoyon siblings were also discussing when to bring Henrick's body home to Cebu. Elain and Jerade said their uncle was a very kind and good person who, despite his stature, had never changed and had maintained a simple lifestyle. "He was not a corrupt judge. In fact, he usually made decisions based on what was right, even if it put his life at risk," Elain said. With a report from Edra L. Benedicto, Inquirer Visayas Bureau
Police colonel denies hand in Gingoyon murder  
First posted 02:27am (Mla time) Jan 04, 2006
By Luige A. del Puerto
Inquirer



Editor's Note: Published on page A7 of the January 4, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

INVOKING God and at times raising his voice to emphasize a point, a senior police officer whose name had cropped up in the investigation into the killing of Judge Henrick Gingoyon yesterday swore he had nothing to do with the murder.

While admitting he had had past disputes with Gingoyon, Senior Superintendent Manuel Barcena said his battles with the judge were confined to the courtroom.

The battles were never personal, he said, although Barcena admitted his legal troubles affected his career and caused him to be investigated for dishonesty by his own organization.

Barcena said he could never think of having the judge killed, especially now that the Supreme Court had decided in his favor and he had just been recently promoted to senior superintendent.

"My previous disputes with Judge Gingoyon were purely legal in nature and entirely related to the performance of my duties as a police officer," Barcena said.

The officer's tiffs with the slain judge stemmed
from a drug case in 1998, when he was head of the National Capital Region Police Office-Drug Enforcement Unit. His team arrested two men in a buy-bust operation and seized two cars from them.

The police filed a case against the suspects. Judge Gingoyon tried the case. The suspects were acquitted.

Egged on by Barcena, the prosecutor's office appealed the case.

The Supreme Court later ruled that Gingoyon had erred in "giving due course to the prosecution's notice of appeal."

"The prosecution cannot appeal as it would place the accused in double jeopardy," the SC said.

As a result of the case's dismissal, the national police investigated Barcena for dishonesty. He was placed on floating status for several months. The dishonesty case was later dismissed, he said.
Barcena and the judge had had other encounters.

In March 12, 2002, Gingoyon's house was shot at by assailants in a maroon car. The judge blamed Barcena, and in his affidavit stated that Barcena was "the only person whom I could say had a grudge against me."

Yesterday, Barcena maintained that the supposed affidavit was unsigned, and added that the National Bureau of Investigation had already cleared him of involvement in the case.
NBI 'sure' Gingoyon slay work-related  
First posted 03:35am (Mla time) Jan 07, 2006 By Margaux C. Ortiz, Jhunnex Napallacan Inquirer Editor's Note: Published on page A2 of the January 7, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer OFFICIALS of the National Bureau of Investigation said yesterday they were almost sure the ambush-slay of Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon was work-related. "Our present evidence show that the assassination had something to do with one of the cases Gingoyon had handled," said NBI National Capital Regional Director Ruel Lasala. Lasala said one of those who had filed a case in Gingoyon's court was police Senior Supt. Manuel Barcena, who had been mentioned as someone who may have had a motive to want Gingoyon dead. Barcena "was not yet off the hook," said NBI officer in charge Nestor Mantaring. Barcena denied the accusation in a recent press conference. President Macapagal-Arroyo yesterday promised Gingoyon's family she would closely follow the case until the mastermind was unmasked and prosecuted. The President made the assurance to Gingoyon's widow and children during an unscheduled visit to the wake for the judge at the Sacred Heart Parish Chapel on D. Jakosalem Street in Cebu City yesterday afternoon. "We commit to dig deeper into the motive and to bring to the bar of justice the brains behind his killing," said the President in an Internet chat with Gingoyon's daughter, Hyacinth, 27, who is based in Los Angeles, California, and was unable to come home for the funeral of her father.
Sentenced to death  
BABE'S EYE VIEW By Babe Romualdez
The Philippine Star 01/08/2006

Just when things were beginning to look good for this country with the economy moving, the peso appreciating and hopefully some positive political changes happening, we get a big kick in the stomach with the brutal killing of Judge Henrick Gingoyon by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Cavite. This is not just a simple, ordinary kind of murder. A judge who is supposed to render justice has been treated with grave injustice. And when it is a judge that gets killed, crime takes on a different level. People are taking it to mean the breakdown of law and order in this country. It is like a signal for all hell to break loose. There is a possibility that the international community will once again tag the Philippines as a country of criminals.

Judge Gingoyon's daughter, Beth, happened to work for us in the past. She told us that she believed the attack on her father was not personal because he was a really straight guy who was well loved by the people who knew him and worked with him. He was well-respected by his peers, especially Cebuanos whom he helped in the early days of his career as a lawyer fighting for human rights and giving legal assistance to the poor. He has also earned a reputation for being very careful about his decisions. Judge Gingoyon's decisions were rarely overturned because he studied the merits of a case scrupulously.

While the family was quite aware of the death threats, the judge didn't discuss it with them. "My dad keeps his work away from our home. Although we know what the danger was, he never discussed the details," Beth said. Like many RTC judges in this country, Judge Gingoyon has handled cases that involved illegal drugs and other dangerous issues. It's not unlikely that in the process, he might have earned the ire of gangsters, notorious characters and unscrupulous individuals  who then "sentenced the judge to death."

Beth said their family knew the hazards of his job, but the judge didn't want his family to worry. That's probably why the judge encouraged her and a sister to go abroad, ostensibly to explore opportunities outside the country. But the real reason may have been to keep them away from the dangers that went with his job because, as she herself told us, Judge Gingoyon was a protective father.

The grief has not yet fully settled in for the Gingoyon family, but Beth knows that the mourning and the grieving will start after the judge is finally laid to rest in Cebu, and when all the visitors have left. "When everything goes back to normal, if ever it goes back to normal, our dad will no longer be around." The sad part is, even if the authorities manage to get the criminals behind this dastardly act, it will never bring back their father.

Judge Gingoyon's gangland-style execution is similar to the Mafia style of gunning down their enemies on the streets in pleno publico. And Cavite, where the killing took place, happens to be a province known for having warlords, smuggling syndicates, and guns for hire where guns are used to end conflicts for good  or for bad, depending on which side you're on. Coupled with recent reports of hijacking, smuggling and the much publicized busting of the "mother of all shabu labs" two years ago, Cavite is once again beginning to have that notorious reputation as a "hotspot" like the good ol' days of known smuggler Lino Bocalan.

Judge Gingoyon's murder brings the number of judges that have been murdered since 1999 to 11. In 2004, three RTC judges were killed, among them Voltaire Rosales who was also shot by motorcycle-riding gunmen in Tanauan, Batangas. As far as people know, nothing has yet come out of the investigation to date. What happened to Judge Gingoyon and to 56 practicing journalists  which is another story altogether  who have been killed in the last five years just as mercilessly and brutally should be condemned and dealt with in the strongest possible terms.

We have to stop listening to all these European countries and "bleeding heart" organizations insisting that we should scrap the death sentence.

Unfortunately, this is a country where we have a very strong Latin or Italian influence in our blood that we tend to solve disputes with the barrel of a gun.

In Thailand, they have a different way of dealing with drug smugglers, they just get rid of them like the 3,000 that were shot to death. In Singapore, the government did not relent no matter how much pressure and condemnation they got from the Australians when they gave the death sentence to 25-year-old Vietnamese-Australian Tuong Van Nguyen for drug smuggling. They hanged him. These are examples of how we must have that strong political resolve to carry out the law without hesitation. We keep on commuting the death sentence, giving endless reprieves to convicted criminals on death row.

The NBI and the PNP have arrested several suspects in the slaying, but the real mastermind has yet to be tagged. We must not let those criminals get away with this one. Otherwise, no amount of prosperity can make up for the reputation that this country will get that judges get the death sentence and criminals who are sentenced get a reprieve.

Judge Gingoyon was sentenced to death without trial by these gangsters, and these criminals pushed through with it without any delay or hesitation. If these criminals can do it, then we have to do the same. If a criminal is convicted and sentenced to death, then the punishment should be meted out without any hesitation or delay. As the writer Joseph Addison once wrote, "He who hesitates, is lost forever." The more we hesitate in executing criminals, the more likely we will lose the war on crime.
Solons confident NAIA-3 to open despite Gingoyon killing  
By INQ7.net LAWMAKERS at the House of Representatives are optimistic that the opening of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport Terminal 3 will push through early this year despite the killing of a judge who had ruled on an expropriation case involving the airport facility. In a joint statement on Monday, Bacolod Representative Monico Puentevella, chairman of the committee on transportation, and House Deputy Majority Floor Leader Antonio Cerilles, said they saw no reason why Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon's death should impede negotiations between the government and the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (PIATCo), the company that built NAIA-3. Puentevella pointed out that based on police investigation, Gingoyon's killing had nothing to do with the PIATCo case. "Judge Gingoyon decided [on] the case more than a year ago when government took over NAIA Terminal 3. This is not the only case he handled," Puentevella said. Advertisement Cerilles said the Supreme Court had ruled that the government should pay 3 billion pesos to PIATCo. "The matter is already in the high tribunal's court so why should Gingoyon's decision be reviewed by another judge?" he asked. He said there was also no need to review Gingoyon's ruling, which the high court affirmed, because this would be tantamount to lack of confidence in the judge. "The only way for the case to be reviewed by another judge is for the Supreme Court to remand it to a lower court. Without this action, the government can go ahead in operating NAIA Terminal 3 as planned," he said.
3 suspects in Gingoyon slay arrested  
First posted 01:17pm (Mla time) Jan 03, 2006
By Marlon Ramos, Tetch Torres
INQ7.net, Inquirer



(2nd UPDATE) JOINT forces of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested three suspects in the murder of Pasay City Regional Trial Court Judge Henrick Gingoyon, Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez announced on Tuesday.

Gonzalez identified the suspects as Robel Darocaluer Jr., Rudy Baclor, and Felimon Romero.

Darocaluer Jr. claimed he was merely a lookout although a witness identified him as the gunman. Baclor was the lookout while Romero supplied the weapon, Gonzalez told a press conference.

The three were arrested this morning in Barangay (village) Molino, Cavite province, Gonzalez said.

But the three have not identified the mastermind, Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said they would wait for the recommendation of the NBI before creating a panel of investigators.

A separate report by the Inquirer from Bacoor town in Cavite said that NBI and police operatives rounded up at least seven suspects.

A source told the INQUIRER that the suspects were rounded up in three villages in Molino in Bacoor around 2 a.m. The villages are located near the area where Gingoyon was shot dead last Saturday.

The source said the suspects were being held at Camp Pantaleon Garcia, the Cavite provincial police headquarters.

It was not clear whether the seven included the three suspects whom Gonzalez had identified.

Police prevented members of media from entering the camp premises.

In separate phone interviews, Southern Luzon police director Chief Superintendent Jesus Versoza and Cavite police director Senior Superintendent Benjardi Mantele said that while certain individuals were invited for questioning, there were no suspects under police custody.

Investigators said they were investigating all possible angles in Gingoyon's killing.

Gingoyon was killed on his way home from a gym at Soldier’s Hills Village in Barangay Molino. One of two men on a motorcycle shot him on the back.

He was the judge who ordered the government to pay the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (PIATCo) for expropriating NAIA-3 -- a decision the Supreme Court upheld.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had rescinded the contract between the government and PIATCo because of alleged irregularities.

The Supreme Court affirmed Arroyo's action, claiming violations in the Build-Operate-Transfer Law.

The agreement was signed under the administration of former president Joseph Estrada.

With a report from Joel Francis Guinto, INQ7.net
Palace: Get mastermind behind Gingoyon slay  
First posted 12:12pm (Mla time) Jan 04, 2006
By Lira Dalangin-Fernandez
INQ7.net



MALACAÑANG said on Wednesday that it expected authorities to exhaust all leads to get the mastermind behind the killing of Judge Henrick Gingoyon following the arrest of several suspects in a series of raids.

"The authorities deserve to be commended for their swift action on the case, and we expect all leads to be exhausted until the mastermind is brought to justice," Press Secretary Ignacio Bunye said.

Reports said government agents arrested at least nine suspects, including the alleged gunman, but failed to get the mastermind.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez had identified at least three of those arrested and said that authorities were looking at a "wider conspiracy" involving a police officer whom he did not name.

"Things are pointing to an incident in 2002 where the judge had figured in an altercation with a police official, which was also followed by a strafing of the house of the judge," Gonzalez said.

The police officer Gonzalez was referring to was Senior
Superintendent Manuel Barcena who had denied involvement in Gingoyon's killing but admitted to having had a dispute with the late judge over a drug trafficking case.

Bunye said the speedy resolution of Gingoyon's murder and other high profile crimes would show the government's determination to regain the public's trust and confidence in law enforcement agencies.

President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo had instructed authorities to make sure that there would be no "coverup or foot dragging" in the case.
6 charged in Gingoyon killing  
First posted 12:24pm (Mla time) Jan 04, 2006
By Tetch Torres, Marlon Ramos
INQ7.net, Inquirer



IMUS, Cavite -- (UPDATE) Police on Wednesday filed a murder case against six suspects, including the alleged gunman, in the Saturday killing of Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon.

Charged before the Imus prosecutor’s office were alleged gunman Rodolfo Cuer, Rudy Baclor, Filemon "Boy Negro" Rabino, Mark Datas, Efren Samonte and Sahid “Danny” Sulaiman. Baclor allegedly served as lookout while Rabino purportedly supplied the gun used to kill Gingoyon.

Joint forces of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) arrested on Tuesday nine suspected members of an organized crime group operating in Cavite province who were allegedly paid to kill Gingoyon. They were nabbed in Cavite’s Molino town.

The judge was gunned down as he was walking to his home after working out in a nearby gym on December 31.

Superintendent Rodel Sermonia, Cavite police intelligence chief, said only six were charged pending the results of investigation on the actual involvement of three others.

The three, however, will not be released from their detention cell in Camp Pantaleon Garcia here.

Earlier the NBI officer-in-charge Nestor Mantaring said his office would file a complaint against seven suspects before the Department of Justice (DoJ).

"We are already preparing the complaint and our findings to be submitted to the DoJ," Mantaring told reporters.

Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez said he would create a panel of prosecutors to conduct the preliminary investigation.

Gingoyon was the judge who ordered the government to pay the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (PIATCo) for expropriating Terminal 3 of the Ninoy Aquino International Airport -- a decision the Supreme Court upheld. Inquirer Southern Luzon Bureau
Human rights lawyers more vulnerable  
First posted 04:59am (Mla time) Jan 08, 2006
By Jose Manuel I. Diokno
Inquirer

Editor's Note: Published on page A12 of the January 8, 2006 issue of the Philippine Daily Inquirer

JUDGE Henrick Gingoyon is remembered by the Free Legal Assistance Group (FLAG) for his contributions to the cause of human rights. As a FLAG lawyer based in Cebu, he pursued the defense of those who could not find anyone to defend them: political prisoners, workers, slum dwellers, farmers and victims of human rights violations. His relentless defense of human rights cases distinguished him as a human rights lawyer and a man of conviction.

As a FLAG lawyer, he received death threats and was placed under surveillance. On Aug. 28, 1987, at the height of a coup, Judge Gingoyon's home was illegally raided by the military. During the raid, soldiers manhandled his then 10-year-old daughter by stepping on her stomach. A year later, Judge Gingoyon was among those named in a death list prepared by the military and distributed to vigilantes in Toledo City, which called for his immediate execution.

Breakdown

His brutal murder illustrates the complete breakdown
of law and order in the Philippines. The killing of any judge is an attack on the independence and integrity of the judiciary. It jeopardizes the conditions under which justice may be dispensed.

The modus operandi of Judge Gingoyon's killer is reminiscent of the murders of other FLAG lawyers: the use of armed assailants on motorcycles and the shooting of lawyers at or near their homes when they are most vulnerable.

From 1984 to 2005, 10 FLAG lawyers were murdered.

Zorro C. Aguilar was shot to death on Sept. 23, 1984 in Dipolog City allegedly on the orders of a military intelligence officer.

Romraflo R. Taojo was shot to death on April 2, 1985 at his home in Tagum, Davao del Norte by unidentified men believed to belong to a paramilitary unit under orders from the military.

Crisostomo Cailing was shot to death on July 6, 1985, at his home in Balingasag, Misamis Occidental by unidentified persons.

Luisito Villanueva was shot to death on Feb. 21, 1986 at Calacan, Calamba, Misamis Occidental.

Vicente Mirabueno was shot to death on Feb. 6, 1988, at the public market in General Santos City by unidentified persons.

Alfonso Surigao, Jr. was shot to death on June 24, 1988, at his home in Cebu City by a vigilante acting on orders of a military intelligence officer.

Oscar Tonog was shot in the presence of his wife on March 21, 1989 near his home in Catarman, Northern Samar. He died on March 22, 1989.

Provincial Fiscal Gil Getes was shot to death at his home on March 4, 1990. It is believed he was murdered because he successfully prosecuted some members of the Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit.

Judge Eugenio Valles was shot to death on April 25, 2002 by an unidentified assailant while jogging on the highway in Nabunturan, Compostela Valley.

Judge Henrick Gingoyon is the 10th FLAG lawyer murdered since 1984.

Scot-free

Of the FLAG lawyers murdered since 1984, the perpetrator of only one has been criminally prosecuted and was subsequently sentenced to life imprisonment. The killers-and those who ordered the killings-of the other FLAG lawyers are still at large, scot-free.

Lawyers who handle human rights cases are more vulnerable to violence from military, paramilitary, police and other rightist forces, who do not recognize the role of human rights lawyers as defenders of the Constitution and the rule of law.

As FLAG mourns Judge Gingoyon's death, FLAG demands a speedy, impartial and full investigation of his murder to bring the perpetrators before the bar of justice and hold them to account for their crime.

(Diokno is the chair of FLAG.)
Suspect in Gingoyon slay might turn state witness -- police  
First posted 11:36am (Mla time) Jan 11, 2006 Inquirer Subscribe to Breaking News alerts, send ON EXTRA BREAKING to 2207 for Globe, or send EXTRA BREAKING to 386 for Smart. CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna -- One of the suspects in the killing of Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon might turn state witness, a police official said. Chief Superintendent Jesus Verzosa, Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Aurora, Quezon) police director, said Tuesday that Rudy Baclor appeared to be "not the most guilty among the suspects," and that he could be used to strengthen the case against his five co-accused who were detained in Cavite province. "Baclor's statements will definitely strengthen our case against the suspects and make it airtight. He can be a good state witness," Verzosa told the Inquirer in an interview at his office. Citing police investigation, Verzosa said it appeared that it was in Baclor's house at Green Valley Subdivision in Bacoor town in Cavite that the suspects plotted the murder. He said Baclor was also allegedly the conduit that handed 150,000 pesos to alleged gunman Rodolfo Cuer, and was a lookout on the day of the murder. Baclor Print this story Send this story Write the editor Reprint this article View other stories also shadowed Gingoyon a few days before the judge was shot and killed near his home in Bacoor on New Year's Eve, Verzosa said. Verzosa said Baclor's sworn statement admitting his participation in the crime bolstered his "qualification" to be a state witness. Police said that, of the suspects, Baclor was the first to admit responsibility for the killing and urged his co-accused to do the same. But Verzosa said that before Baclor could be made a state witness, the Philippine National Police must secure the approval of the National Bureau of Investigation since both agencies had jointly filed the case against the suspects. "We filed the case jointly so we must make a joint recommendation to make Baclor a state witness," he said. Verzosa said the police had also launched a manhunt for a Hadji Alimudin in whose house the alleged getaway motorcycle was found over the weekend. The 150,000 pesos had allegedly come from Alimudin who gave it to detained suspect Sajid "Danny" Sulaiman, who in turn passed it to Baclor, who handed it over to Cuer. Verzosa said the police were certain Alimudin could lead them to the mastermind of the killing. "What we know is that Alimudin gave the money to Sulaiman. So it is very probable that he [Alimudin] knows the mastermind and who ordered the killing of Judge Gingoyon," Verzosa said. He said Alimudin was included in the murder case filed in the provincial prosecutor's office in Imus. Members of Task Force Gingoyon are working closely with the staff of the judge to look into recent cases he handled before he was killed, Verzosa said. He said the police were convinced Gingoyon's killing was connected to his work. He said evidence and information gathered from witnesses and the suspects tended to show that the mastermind was involved in a case the judge had tried. Marlon Ramos, PDI Southern Luzon Bureau
Henrick Gingoyon: Strict but loving husband, father  
Published: 7 January 2006
by Leah May Lim-Atienza and Doris C. Bongcac
Cebu Daily News

(CDN will publish tomorrow a tribute to Judge Henrick Gingoyon. -Editors)

EVEN with tears streaming down her cheeks, Maribeth, widow of the late Judge Henrick Gingoyon, looked every bit a woman who enjoyed married life.

With her long pony-tailed hair and youthful features, Maribeth radiated a glow that spoke of years spent in bliss.

In an interview yesterday, her face glowed while talking about how her husband loved her and took care of her and their children.

"We got married in 1975 when I was just 20 and he was in his second year of law school. It was just playing house at first, then it became real," she recalled.

The couple was married for 30 years but Maribeth said she had never experienced a time when the judge got angry with her.

She said her husband was a silent, simple man who never complained even when she made him bring all the shopping bags or when they went to the muddy fish market, or when he was asked to drive around.

"I cannot buy food in the market when we're not together. He'd drive me around and carry my things. We'd go to the fish market in Parañaque. He even went to the Divisoria (a district of Manila known for its cheap goods) in his shorts and T-shirt," Maribeth said.

"Mura mi ug uyab (We were like young sweethearts). This is even the first time I told anyone that we held hands when we slept."

The couple wed a second time during their silver wedding anniversary in 2000.

Maribeth said that day was one of the most special moments of their married life-even if she saw each day spent with her husband as special.

"He was always full of surprises. He'd act like he'd forgotten (a special occasion), but he'd be there to surprise you at the end of the day. There was even a time when he gave me balloons for my birthday," she said.

Henrick Martin Dion, the couple's only son, mirrored his mother's recollection, saying his late father never missed a birthday or any celebration.

He recalled happy moments with his father, riding on a leg of the slain judge while strolling in the mall with youngest sister Henrikka on weekends.

Henriette, the Gingoyons' third daughter, said she would always remember her father by the words of wisdom that he had left behind.

"Have a good heart, always," said Henriette, a graduating student of production design at the De La Salle College of St. Benilde, quoting her father's last words to her.

"My father was so simple. He was so lambing to us all. He was not like a judge. People did not even know that we were children of a judge until he died," she said.

For eldest daughter Hazel Beth, meanwhile, Judge Gingoyon will always be the strict but loving father who wanted his girls to have long hair.

Hazel Beth recalled the time she went against her father's wishes, having her hair cut after graduating from college. The judge, she said, did not say anything but looked at her in a certain way.

"We do what we want but we feared our dad because we always knew when we had disappointed him because he never said anything, but he never raised his voice," she said.

"He was just like a friend to the point na tinulak-tulak lang namin sya (that we just pushed him around)."

Hazel Beth, who is now 30 years old, candidly admitted having no plans of marrying yet because she was looking for somebody like her father.

"If there is someone like him (Gingoyon), I would be very lucky but I am still having so much fun with my family life. It's so fun at home, I don't want to miss anything," she said.

The Gingoyon couple's eldest daughter said her father had raised good children.

"He just lived a very simple life, and that's the way we also learned to live. It was not in his nature to let anyone know that he was a judge. He never projected that kind of aura," she said.

"For us, he's just our dad, taga-sundo, kargador ni mommy, taga-bitbit (someone who fetches us and carries our bags). He taught us well. He sheltered us from responsibilities not so we would be ignorant of them but that we be innocent of them. We learned a lot from him. We will miss him a lot because he was the center of our life."

Although she was aware her father had been a human rights lawyer who was one of Father Rudy Romano's lawyers during Martial Law, Hazel Beth said they never felt the danger of her father's work.

"When I was young, I heard him talk about it and he explained to me that they were fighting for something. But we never felt any kind of fear, and he was always home," she said.

The only time the Gingoyon children's lives were disrupted was when second daughter Hyacinth, who is now in California, got shot in the summer of 1989.

"I could not remember why she got shot but that was one of the few times when he (Gingoyon) talked to us about starting anew, about starting our life from scratch," Hazel Beth said.
SC magistrate bucks guns for judges  
Sunday, January 08, 2006 ALLOWING judges to carry firearms would be like turning them into cowboys of the "wild, wild west," said Supreme Court Associate Justice Renato Corona. Corona said the primary role of officers of the court such as judges and justices is to be advocates of the rule of law rather than becoming executioners themselves. "The Philippines will become a Marlboro country once each judge will carry firearms while conducting hearings with their sides bulging because of the holsters," he said. The Pro-Gun society has earlier pushed for allowing the judges and justices to carry firearms following the killing of Pasay Judge Henrick Guingoyon last December 31 in Bacoor town in Cavite. "As with many things in life, we have to go on a case to case basis. Not because one judge was shot, you will arm all judges already. Imagine all the judges wearing holsters while holding hearings. We are duty-bound to maintain the rule of law in the country," he said. Corona also advised judges and justices to refrain from going to karaoke bars to avoid being ambushed or from singing the fatal Frank Sinatra song of "My Way," which has been blamed for many a violent death in karaoke joints. Corona, who attended Friday's inauguration of the firing range in Makati Square of Armscor, a manufacturer of guns and ammunitions, said owning guns should be a last resort for judges and justices. He said there are many ways for any judge or justices to prevent themselves from being hurt. If one judge would feel that there is threat on his life, he could apply for a permit to carry firearm and undergo the regular process of securing such permit. "Carrying firearms is not the only solution. It is not true that because you have a gun, you will be spared from an ambush. Carrying a gun is the final option," he said. Judges or justices, who are receiving threats to their lives, may resort to "prayer and ask for protection from the Lord," he added. He said they may also report the threats to the police or should not go home late to avoid being ambushed. They may also opt to change their route in going to office and going house. "If you have done these preventive measures and it did not prove to be effective, may be that would be the time that you will bring a gun. It is not simple to carry a firearm. You should have knowledge on how to use it because it might go off at your face. The mentality that judges should be armed because one judge was killed is not right," he said. Chief Justice Artemio Panganiban earlier reconstituted the Committee on Security in line with the Gingoyon slay. Panganiban designated Justice Cancio Garcia as chairperson; SC court administrator Presbitero J. Velasco, Jr., as vice chairwoman; with Court of Appeals presiding justice Ruben T. Reyes; SC chief security division Danilo Pablo and SC employees association Jose Dante Guerrero as members. The committee shall study Carpio's proposal to organize, in cooperation with the National Bureau of Investigation a US Marshall-type security unit that shall provide not only preventive security for threatened justices and judges but will bring to justice all those who may have assaulted, injured or killed any members of the judiciary. (ECV/Sunnex) (January 8, 2006 issue)
Lawyers mixed on arming judges  
Thursday, January 05, 2006 By Danilo V. Adorador III JUDGES have no business arming themselves even if they are being hunted down by criminals, a lawyer said Wednesday, in reaction to suggestions that magistrates carry weapons for self-protection. The Supreme Court earlier this week said the nation's magistrates might arm themselves if they receive death threats, in the wake of the murder of Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon last week. Supreme Court spokesman Ismael Khan said the high court has already issued guidelines for arming judges. But former Integrated Bar of the Philippines regional president Manuel Ravanera find the idea ludicrous, saying the role of judges "must not be reduced to peacekeeping." "Judges are actually there to balance the scale of justice," he said. "If in all of his conscience, he is fair, then a judge need not fear his for his life," added Ravanera. Threats on judges, he said, could be countered by providing them security escorts. "Imagine everybody screaming for guns just because they are threatened," he said, insisting that a gun-less society would serve the country better than having armed citizens. But former mayor and lawyer Manolo Tagarda thinks differently. Tagarda is in favor of arming judges, finding it reasonable "at times when there is disruption of law and order and men losing respect to authorities." He said judges, like lawyers, deserve protection and one way of achieving this is to equip them with weapons. "Everybody is entitled to security protection," he said noting that, "there is no existing regulations prohibiting judges to own guns." Both lawyers agreed, however, that the killings of judges around the country in the past years could be partly attributed with the corruption in the judiciary. "When we lose respect in our judiciary because of some corrupt magistrates, that's the signal of the death of democracy," said Tagarda who had earlier supported a lawyer's claim that corruption exists in the regional courts here. He said the killings should also "serve as a lesson and a warning" to all members of the bench to "be always fair at all times-whatever the consequence." Ravanera observed that criminals do not discriminate between "honest judges and hoodlums in robes," if only to achieve their goals. He said, "Judges should be aboveboard in the performance of their judicial functions. Only corrupt judges should be afraid of being killed." Supreme Court Deputy Administrator Christopher Lock, who heads the Committee on Security for Judges, said judges are now being given a special processing fee of P150 for a permit to carry firearms outside of their homes. "There is a necessity for judges, especially those with death threats, to get security from the PNP and be armed to protect themselves. I was once a judge so I know the hazards of the profession," Lock said. He said judges who get death threats could coordinate with the high court, which could ask PNP to provide security. (With reports from Sunnex)
Cartographic sketches of judge's killers released  
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 CARTOGRAPHERS have come up with facial drawings of the two men who murdered Judge Henrick Gingoyon of the Pasay City court last Saturday in Bacoor, Cavite. This, as Cavite Provincial Police Director Benjardi Mantele said they are pursuing a lead in the Gingoyon's killing. He said the gunmen could have been hired killers as witnesses told them that the assassins had asked about the judge's normal routine prior to the crime. As to the motive for the murder, Senior Superintendent Mantele said they were unsure yet if the killing had something to do with Gingoyon's job. He said all angles are still being looked into. But with the sketches, he is hoping that the public may help them find the assassins' whereabouts. Two motorcycle-riding men shot dead Gingoyon near his house at Soldier's Hill Village in Barangay Molino in Bacoor Saturday afternoon. (JFF/Sunnex) (January 3, 2006 issue)
Gov't appeals order to pay airport contractor  
Thursday, January 06, 2005 By Benjamin B. Pulta MANILA -- Malacañang asked the court Wednesday to reconsider a ruling it issued Tuesday ordering the payment of US$62 million to a contractor of the new airport terminal following government's takeover of the facility last December. In an urgent motion for reconsideration, the Office of the Solicitor General (OSG) asked the Pasay RTC Branch 117 to defer the implementation of an order issued last January 4 by Pasay City Judge Henrick Gingoyon which came in the wake of a "writ of possession" issued by the same judge last December in favor of the government. In its plea, the OSG said the Pasay court "cannot validly direct the withdrawal of the deposit (of US$62 million) for the assessed value (of the airport terminal) prior to a proper, thorough and invasive inspection or examination of the property" in favor of the Philippine International Air Terminal Company (Piatco). The government denounced what it said was an "irregularity" over the decision of the court, which was issued motu propio or without prompting from the parties concerned. "At the very least, there ought to have been a motion asking for the withdrawal of the amount stated in the assailed order and notice to the government to be heard on the matter," the OSG said. The OSG clarified that for one, the money deposited is only P3.2 billion or roughly US$53 million, not US$62 million. The OSG claimed that before any valuation is made, the government must first "ascertain its structural integrity, safety and operability as an international airport." "There was no such opportunity to invasively and exhaustively examine the condition of Naia (Ninoy Aquino International Airport) Terminal 3," the government claimed, a move which the government said is necessary since plaintiffs must exercise this right before any withdrawal is effected so that the government can be certain that public funds will be justifiably spent. The OSG also claimed that the court must protect the interests of several other claimants to the deposit, including Fraport AG, which has filed a separate request for arbitration before the International Center for the Settlement of Investment Disputes (Icsid), claiming US$425 million plus an unspecified amount of damages. The OSG also explained that likewise to be paid was the builder of the terminal, Takenaka Corporation, the unpaid contractor, which has at least a US$70 million claim over the deposit. "As an unpaid builder, Takenaka has a preferred lien over the terminal," the OSG said, adding that Takenaka, Fraport and other parties that have claims over just compensation for the terminal, should be heard before the deposit is ordered released all for Piatco. Gingoyon's order said unless the money is released, the government is prohibited from performing acts of ownership like awarding concessions or leasing any part of Naia 3 to other parties, a move that is in effect an injunction against a government infrastructure project. "To prevent the government from exercising the rights of a beneficial owner of the property is to render nugatory, the very purpose for which the writ of possession was issued," the OSG said. (January 6, 2005 issue)
Judge’s body ferried to Cebu Thursday  
Tuesday, January 03, 2006 By Jujemay G. Awit Sun.Star Staff Reporter With Allan I. Varquez Former colleagues of Judge Henrick Gingoyon at the Free Legal Assistance Group (Flag) regard his death as a great loss not just to the judiciary but to the country as well. “He is a big loss to the judiciary, being one of the finest judges in the country—honest, dedicated and good,” Regional Trial Court (RTC) Judge Meinrado Paredes of Branch 13 said. Paredes remembered Gingoyon as a dear friend and a kumpadre since both were sponsors during a lawyer-friend’s wedding of almost four years ago. Their friendship, however, began more than three decades ago when they worked closely together in Flag, defending victims of human rights during the Marcos era. Paredes said he last spoke with Gingoyon on Dec. 26. “I congratulated him on the Piatco case and asked him to join the Flag Christmas party. I told him that I wished he was here in Cebu,” Paredes told Sun. Star Cebu. The Supreme Court recently upheld a decision penned by Gingoyon ordering the government to pay the Philippine International Air Terminals Co. (Piatco) P62.3 million as initial payment before it could take over the Ninoy Aquino International Airport (NAIA) Terminal 3. Paredes also described Gingoyon as a nice and honest guy who looked good most of the time. Smart dresser “He was slim, a body-builder and was always a smart dresser,” Paredes said, adding that Gingoyon was also “jolly and friendly.” Bebot Gingoyon, the judge’s younger brother, said Judge Gingoyon had received several death threats since he became a judge, but never took these seriously so it wouldn’t affect his work. The last time the judge contacted him and their mother was on Christmas Day to greet them. “We did not talk about problems. He wasn’t the type who would yield to work pressure or death threats,” Bebot told Sun.Star Cebu in a separate interview. Two motorcycle-riding men shot the judge while he was walking to his house in Bacoor, Cavite last Dec. 31. The judge just came from a workout. Police are still unable to establish the motive of the killing, or whether it was related to the Piatco case. Judge Gingoyon, who would have turned 54 in May, left behind his wife Maria Beatriz and five children. Despite having learned of the threats, Bebot said their family members in Barangay Sambag I, Cebu City were still in shock upon learning of the judge’s murder. “Death threats have been there, although he wasn’t arrogant or corrupt. He kept a low profile although he stood for what he believed was right,” Bebot said. Judge Gingoyon became city fiscal in Mandaue in 1988. After a year, he was appointed senior state prosecutor of the Department of Justice. During the time of former President Fidel Ramos, he was appointed judge in Pasay City. Cebu visit Because his work required him to be in Pasay City most of the time, the judge decided to bring his family with him and bought a house in Bacoor, Cavite. Bebot said that every November, Henrick and his family would visit Cebu for a family reunion and then proceed to Bohol to visit his wife’s relatives. Meanwhile, Flag spokesperson Democrito Barcenas said the group “mourns the death of a member, his brutal murder reflects the deteriorating peace and order situation in our country today.” “It is hoped that authorities can immediately solve this crime,” Barcenas said. As a Flag colleague, Barcenas also remembered Judge Gingoyon as “a man who never misses a periodic meeting, especially conventions.” The judge’s remains will be brought to Cebu on Thursday and will be cremated, as he wished before he died. For Bisaya stories from Cebu. Click here. (January 3, 2006 issue)
quote worthy  
“But we hope that even after the media hype is over, the investigation on my father’s death will continue and real justice served. We hope that they can arrest the real killers and identify the real mastermind and not just a set of fall guys” —Hazel Beth Gingoyon, eldest daughter of the late Judge Henrick Gingoyon who was gunned down while walking towards his house in Molino village, Bacoor town, Cavite on New Year’s Eve
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