Anthony Trinidad
  • Sex: Male
  • Age: 53
Incident Details
  • City of Incident: Guihulngan City
  • Province of Incident: Negros Oriental
  • Killed by unknown assailants in public
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A lawyer was shot dead and his wife injured when they were ambushed by riding-in-tandem gunmen in Guihulngan City in Negros Oriental on Tuesday afternoon, July 23.

Anthony Trinidad was on his way home from a court hearing when two gunmen aboard a motorcycle drove by his vehicle and shot him and and wife Novie Marie multiple times.

According to a report from Negros Oriental police, Trinidad, 53, was declared dead on arrival at the hospital while his wife survived the shooting and was treated for injuries in Dumaguete City.

Police officials told local media in Negros that the ambush might be related to cases Trinidad was handling, but they were still determining the exact motive of the attack.

In a statement sent to the media on Wednesday, July 24, the Trinidad family appealed to authorities to catch the lawyer’s killers.

“We are still at a loss on the motives behind this dastardly act because our brother was such a kind-hearted, soft-spoken person who was willing to go out of his way to help people in need,” the family said.

“We are appealing to the government to please help us seek justice for our brother and get the perpetrators behind jail the soonest possible time,” they added.

The Trinidad family also appealed for an end to the “culture of violence” in the Philippines.

“We cannot and should not constantly live in fear. Stop the killings,” the family said.