JUSTICE Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday deplored the killing of Manila Chief Inquest Officer Jovencio Senados in Paco, Manila.
In a message, Guevarra 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.
For his part, Prosecutor General Benedicto Malcontento likewise condemned the murder of Senados.
"We condemn this to the highest level. We will avail all the resources of the DOJ (Department of Justice) to obtain justice.
Reports have it that Senados, 62, of B53 L19 Villa Palao Banli in Calamba, Laguna, was shot dead by still undentified gunmen along Quirino Avenue before noon onTuesday.
Witnesses disclosed that suspects fled on board a black SUV with plate number Plate ABG 8133.
Police investigators are still determining the motive behind the prosecutor's slaying.
Senados’ nephew who was then driving their car was unharmed, leading the police to theorize that the fiscal was the real target. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in the face and body.
It was learned that among the latest controversial cases handled by Senados was last year’s murder of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III on Vito Cruz Street in Sampaloc, Manila.
Senados also ordered the release of the four suspects identified as Bradford Solis, Juanito de Luna, Junel Gomez and Rigor de la Cruz who were referred for further investigation.
Meanwhile, Senados’ personal effects are now in the custody of the police for proper disposition while his remains were brought to a funeral parlor for autopsy and safekeeping.
The officer-on-case is PEMS Donald Panaligan of the MPD-homicide section.
Itchie G. Cabayan With a report from JONJON C. REYES