Lawyer, activist, killed
Suspected state agents ambushed Atty. Rex Fernandez who was aboard his vehicle in Banawa, Cebu City on August 26. Fernandez gave legal assistance to vendors of the Carbon public market in their fight against privatization. He also gave legal assistance to the activists who were arrested for protesting against the Anti-Terror Law last June 2020. Fernandez is the 57th lawyer killed under the Duterte government.
Meanwhile, the lifeliess body of a missing activist from Cebu was recently surfaced. Suspected state agents surfaced the body of Elena Tijamo, development worker and member of the Farmers Development Center last month. They made it appear that Tijamo died of complications following a goiter operation in Metro Manila. She was abducted on June 13, 2020 from her house in Barangay Kampingganon, Bantayan Island.