Chief Inquest Prosecutor shot dead

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A police investigator points to the car of Chief Inquest Prosecutor Jovencio Senados where the victim was killed yesterday morning. (Photo courtesy of Manila Police District Homicide Section)

THE Chief Inquest Prosecutor in Manila was killed in broad daylight yesterday morning in Paco, Manila.

Police said Jovencio Senados, 62, of Block 53, Lot 19, Villa Palao, Calamba, Laguna, was shot several times in the head and died instantly. Senados’face was said to be badly damaged.

The victim’s unidentified driver was unharmed, leading the police to theorize that the fiscal was the real target of the armed suspects.

The victim was aboard his car and cruising the westbound lane of Quirino Avenue when a Red Toyota Innova swerved and blocked their path at the corner of Qurino Avenue and Anakbayan Street in Paco, Manila, at around 10:52 a.m.

One of the suspects slightly opened the window and then fired successively at the victim.

Witnesses said the armed men were on a black SUV and drove beside the car of the victim.

Police said Senados was handling the murder case of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III who was killed last year on Vito Cruz Street in Sampaloc, Manila.

Senados also ordered the release of the four suspects Bradford Solis, Juanito de Luna, Junel Gomez and Rigor de la Cruz who were referred for further investigation.

As chief inquest prosecutor, Senados determines whether or not a suspect should be charged in court.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra deplored the killing and ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to immediately conduct a parallel investigation.

"We are shocked by the audacity of this attack. It highlights once again the grave peril that our prosecutors face each day in the discharge of their duties. I have ordered the NBI to immediately step in and investigate this horrible murder," Guevarra said in a message.

Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento likewise condemned the murder of Senados.

Police investigators are still determining the motive behind the prosecutor's killing. 

With Hector Lawas