During the succeeding administrations, he continued taking up the cases of and fighting for the political prisoners, activists and Filipino poor. He had been involved in the legal battles of Benigno “Ninoy” Aquino Jr., and was involved in the battles of Flor Contemplacion, the Hacienda Luisita massacre victims, and the Batasan 6, among many others. He was also a key figure in peace talks between communist rebels and the Philippine government. One of his last cases, that of the Morong 43, ended in victory with their eventual release later that year. After a long battle with his illness, Capulong died of cardiac arrest on September 16, 2012, days before the country marked the 40th anniversary of the declaration of Martial Law. His wake and funeral were attended by his friends and colleagues, many of whom he inspired with his overflowing passion of serving the people.
Capulong’s legacy as a human rights lawyer — as a people’s lawyer — is enduring, even after his death. However, the systemic repression he fought against still lingers in today’s society, so more than ever, the Filipinos must embody and abide by Capulong’s words of encouragement: not to hide in fear, but to fight back and stand high. “Lawyering for the people should be linked to the overall struggle for meaningful changes in our society,” as the people’s “Ka Romy” would say. He always believed in the Filipino people and the Filipino people in him.
“Abogado ng Sambayanan.” Documentary on Romeo Capulong. Snippet on YouTube. Quezon City: Kodao Productions, 2008.
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 Atom Araullo, Gretchen Malalad, and Chiara Zambrano, “Court orders release of ‘Morong 43’,” December 17, 2010, accessed May 20, 2021, https://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/12/17/10/court-orders-release-morong-43.
 “Abogado ng Sambayanan,” Documentary on Romeo Capulong, snippet on YouTube, Quezon City: Kodao Productions, 2008, https://youtu.be/TnBKfmUhQSs. Original in Filipino: Gusto ko pang mag-research para makita ko ‘yung mga issues kung papaano ko ilalaban ‘yung tama. Gusto kong magsulat, o magbasa. Gusto kong suriin. Dahil gusto mong labanan ‘yung mga nangyayaring masama, that will keep you going.
 Raissa Robles, Marcos Martial Law: Never Again (Quezon City: Filipinos for a Better Philippines, 2016), x, 135.
 Leila Salaverria and Nina Calleja, “Romeo ‘Ka Romy’ Capulong called a rare gem,” Philippine Daily Inquirer, September 18, 2012, accessed May 20, 2021, https://newsinfo.inquirer.net/272498/romeo-ka-romy-capulong-called-a-rare-gem.
 Romeo Capulong, interview with Laura L. Gonzaga, National Midweek (Quezon City: Lagda Pub. Incorporated), May 13, 1992. https://www.facebook.com/photo?fbid=483643354987077&set=a.483643288320417.
 “Atty. Romeo T. Capulong: People’s Lawyer, Human Rights Defender,” Karapatan, September 18, 2012, accessed May 20, 2021, https://www.karapatan.org/node/606.
 Padilla, Arnold, “A national loss,” WordPress, September 20, 2012, accessed May 20, 2021, https://arnoldpadilla.com/2012/09/20/a-national-loss. The PILC was also established amid allegations of human rights violations during the administration of President Cory Aquino.
“Atty. Romeo T. Capulong: People’s Lawyer, Human Rights Defender.”
 “Human rights lawyer Romeo Capulong dies at 77,” ABS-CBN News, September 16, 2012, accessed May 20, 2021. https://news.abs-cbn.com/nation/09/16/12/human-rights-lawyer-romeo-capulong-dies-77.
 Salaverria and Calleja, “Romeo ‘Ka Romy’ Capulong.”
 Padilla, Arnold, “A national loss.”
 Ibid. Flor Contemplacion was an overseas filipino worker (OFW) in Singapore accused of murder in 1995. The Hacienda Luisita massacre victims were farmers and union workers violently dispersed during a protest demanding higher wages, benefits and land reform in 2004. The Batasan 6 were a group of lawmakers detained on charges of inciting sedition in 2006.
 “Human rights lawyer Romeo Capulong dies at 77.”
 “Abogado ng Sambayanan.”