ILOILO CITY, Iloilo, Philippines — The attack may have weakened him but he is not cowed.
Lawyer Angelo Karlo “AK” Guillen, who was found bloodied on a dark street in this city with a screwdriver embedded in his left temple on Thursday night, said his resolve to continue working for peasants and small workers has not diminished.
“Though difficult, we can never let fear prevent us from fighting the battles that must be fought; and the cause of human rights is certainly one worth fighting for,” said Guillen on Sunday in a first statement he issued from an undisclosed hospital in the city.
“I can’t wait to get back out there and stand beside you again. Take care to you all!,” added Guillen, the assistant vice president in the Visayas of the legal group National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUPL).
Road less traveled
Guillen, 33, could have chosen a lucrative law practice.
But the valedictorian of Iloilo City’s University of San Agustin College of Law (USA-CL) Class of 2013 chose to take the road less traveled to be able to help victims of human rights violations and injustice.
The attack on Guillen came about two years after his photograph was included in a poster of supposed communist lawyers and paralegals on Panay…