De Lima mourns death of ex-legislative staffer shot dead in Philadelphia | Inquirer News

De Lima mourns death of ex-legislative staffer shot dead in Philadelphia

/ 11:48 AM June 20, 2022

MANILA, Philippines — The Filipino lawyer who was fatally shot in Philadelphia was a former legislative staff member of Senator Leila de Lima, who remembered him as a “a man of high energy and vibrant spirit” as she mourned his death.

In a statement on Monday, De Lima condoled with the family of lawyer John Albert “Jal” Laylo, who died hours after he was shot in the head while he was with his mother in Philadelphia to visit relatives in the United States. He was 35.

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De Lima, who worked with Laylo as part of her legislative team, extended her “deepest condolences on Jal’s untimely passing.”


“He was so young and still full of dreams. He was part of my legislative team for two years before he left to pursue his Masters,” the senator said.

She described Laylo as a “man of high energy and vibrant spirit.”

“Isang mabuting tao at mahusay na katrabaho [He was a good person and he was great to work with],” she added.

“No words can ease the pain that you are feeling right now but I pray that Jal’s beautiful memories will give you comfort in this difficult time,” De Lima further said.

Human rights lawyer Diokno also expressed condolences to Laylo’s family.


Laylo was among Diokno’s law students at De La Salle University.

“Truly saddened to hear the news about the passing of Atty. Jal. My deepest condolences to his family and loved ones. I pray that they may find comfort during this time of grief,” he said in a tweet.

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“I also hope that justice will be served to whoever is behind this gruesome killing Rest in Peace, Jal,” he added.


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