The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) signed a memorandum of agreement aiming to protect members of the legal profession against threats, the NBI said in a statement on Tuesday.

NBI officer in charge Eric Distor said the MOA signed on June 25 would clarify communication lines between the bureau and the chapters of IBP. The NBI will also provide security in case of threats against lawyers or members of the judiciary, the statement read.

“Our justice system is greatly eroded kung huwes, fiscal, abugado—’yung namamahala ng criminal justice system ay pinapatay at walang nangyayari. Sinong maniniwala sa justice system?” said Egon Cayosa, the immediate-past national president of IBP, in the virtual forum “Wednesday Roundtable at Lido” on June 30.

“No amount of sloganeering, no amount of statements and condemnation will deter the criminals from hitting lawyers kung may impunity,” he added.

Cayosa, who stepped down from post on Wednesday, said IBP’s coordination with the police in the past year expedited investigations and prosecution of cases involving the killing of lawyers. Kelsey Telo