Guevarra willing to help in probe of slain ex-prosecutor

Published July 3, 2018, 12:31 PM

by Patrick Garcia


By Jeffrey Damicog

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has expressed willingness to provide assistance to police in the investigation of a slain former prosecutor in Cebu City.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

“We at the DOJ (Department of Justice) are saddened by his tragic death, and we are ready to assist the police in solving the case,” Guevarra told reporters on Tuesday..

Guevarra is referring to the death of former Cebu City Assistant City Prosecutor Salvador Soliman who died on Monday.

On the other hand, the Secretary does not believe that Salvador’s killing has anything to do with the victim’s previous job as a prosecutor.

Guevarra explained that Soliman had retired from service 20 years ago in 1998.

“I don’t think the murder had anything to do with his duties when he was still a prosecutor 20 years ago,” he said.

On Monday, unidentified gunmen barged into Soliman’s house in Singson Village in Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City.

The gunmen shot both Soliman and his wife, Pastora, in the head.

Soliman died from the incident while Pastora remains in the hospital.

Active and former government prosecutors who have been killed under the watch of President Rodrigo Duterte include Ombudsman assistant special prosecutor Madonna Joy Enaco-Tanyag, Mati City prosecutor Rolando Acido, Quezon City assistant prosecutor Johanne Noel Mingoa, Caloocan City prosecutor Diosdado Azarcon, Rizal assistant provincial prosecutor Maria Ronatay, Quezon assistant provincial prosecutor Reymund Luna, Quezon City deputy prosecutor Rogelio Velasco, and retired Ozamiz City prosecutor Geronimo Marabe.