The Department of Justice will leave to the Philippine National Police the investigation into the killing of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro last Friday in Cebu City.
“As usual, we’ll leave it to the PNP for now and we’ll step in thru the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) as may be needed,” Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday disclosed.
Navarro was on his way to the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office for inquest proceedings for a host of charges arising from his demeanor inside a massage parlor Wednesday night when waylaid along M. Velez Street on Friday afternoon.
Gunmen stopped a police van that was taking Navarro to the state prosecutor’s office in the central city of Cebu and shot him dead.
City police had arrested Navarro, who was visiting on official business after he allegedly assaulted a masseur.
Following the attack, in which one of Navarro’s police escorts was also injured, the gunmen escaped.
Local television footage showed two women named by the station as the politician’s siblings crying and hugging a bloodied body sprawled on the road beside a police van.
On March 14, ahead of May elections, Navarro’s name had turned up in a list of 44 mostly local officials put out by President Duterte, who accused them of being “involved in the deadly game of drug trafficking.”
Duterte had also released a longer list in 2016 of more than 150 judges, mayors and other local officials allegedly linked to drugs.