DOJ orders thorough probe on the killings of 2 mayors

Published July 4, 2018, 10:02 AM

by AJ Siytangco

By the Philippine News Agency

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a thorough probe on the deaths of Tanauan City, Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili and General Tinio, Nueva Ecija Mayor Ferdinand Bote.

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

Guevarra said he has already given instructions to NBI Director Dante Gierran after he talked to him on Tuesday evening.

“I have now given direct orders to the NBI to investigate the two murders in a row, of Mayor Halili of Tanauan City and of Mayor Ferdinand Bote of General Tinio, Nueva Ecija who was reportedly ambushed this afternoon,” Guevarra said in a text message to the Philippine News Agency (PNA).

A team of NBI agents already went to Tanauan, Batangas and met with several city hall officials to gather information and to pinpoint Halili’s killer and determine the motive behind it.

The NBI agents, Guevarra said, had interviewed officials and conducted an ocular inspection of the site where the alleged sniper was positioned during the killing.

Malacañang earlier committed to get to the bottom of the killings of both Bote and Halili.

Reports showed that Bote was shot multiple times while inside his Toyota Fortuner in Cabanatuan City.

This comes a day after Halili was killed while attending a flag raising ceremony.