THE Philippine National Police yesterday said it has stopped its investigation into the death of Clarin, Misamis Occidental Mayor David Navarro on orders of President Rodrigo Duterte.
“The PNP respects the decision of the President and will comply with his order,” PNP spokesman Brig. Gen. Bernard Banac said.
The PNP spokesperson added that the PNP will cooperate with the National Bureau of Investigation to ensure an impartial investigation of the daring gun attack.
The President had raised doubts about the possible involvement of the police on Navarro’s death and said he wants the NBI to take over the investigation.
Around 10 gunmen killed Navarro after surprising him and his police escorts on M. Velez Street in Cebu City around 2 p.m. on Friday.
The mayor, who was charged with slight physical injury, acts of lasciviousness and usurpation of authority, was about to be taken for inquest at the Cebu City Prosecutor’s Office when killed.
Four others, including two policemen, were injured in the attack.
On Monday, PNP OIC Lt. Gen. Archie Francisco Gamboa said a Police Regional Office 7 Special Investigation Task Group is looking into possible lapses committed by the police escorts of Navarro when he was shot dead.
“We will find out if the mayor’s police escorts committed lapses, specifically on why they failed to return fire at the suspects,” said the PNP-OIC.