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Duterte: Run after judge's killers

October 10, 2018 - Wednesday 7:10 AM by Jon Joaquin

President Rodrigo Duterte has ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) to run after the killers of Ozamiz City Executive Judge Edmundo Pintac and bring them to justice at the soonest possible time.

Inaatasan ng Pangulo ang pamunuan ng Philippine National Police (PNP) na gawin ang lahat upang mahuli sa lalong madaling panahon ang mga taong may kinalaman sa karumal-dumal na krimen na ito,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement yesterday.

(The President has ordered the PNP to to everything in its power to apprehend the persons behind this heinous crime.)

Ang mga ganitong pagpatay ay mariin naming kenokondena. Ang mga ito ay patunay na totoo ang panganib na kinakaharap ng ating mga otoridad sa pagsugpo sa ipinagbabawal na gamot,” he said, adding the murder was discussed in the Cabinet meeting on Monday.

(We strongly condemn killings like this. These killings are proof of the real danger our authorities face in fighting illegal drugs.)

“These deaths attest that the drug war is real,” Roque said.

Roque also extended the Duterte administration’s condolences to Pintac’s family.

According to PNP Northern Mindanao spokesperson Superintendent Surki Serenes, Pintac was on board his brown Montero SUV en route to his house in Barangay Banadero when he was ambushed by four men riding motorcycles.

Serenes said Pintac sustained six gunshot wounds in his head and body, causing his instantaneous death.

Police said the gunmen fled immediately after the shooting.

Serenes said empty caliber .45 casings were found at the scene of the crime.

For her part, Chief Justice Teresita Leonardo-de Castro called on authorities to leave no stone unturned in investigating the killing Pintac.

“I’m calling on the Philippine National Police to exert all means and efforts to apprehend the perpetrators at the soonest possible time,” de Castro said in a statement.

“I have also instructed the court administrator to coordinate with all law enforcement officers to bring to justice those responsible for this crime,” she added.

“Our prayers and sympathies go out to the family of Judge Pintac. May they find strength in this moment of grief,” de Castro said.

The Commission on Human Rights expressed concern over the killing of Pintac, who handled cases of  illegal drugs and firearms that had been filed against detained Ozamiz City Vice Mayor Nova Princess Parojinog.

Last year, Pintac denied the petition of the arrested Parojinog siblings to attend the wake of their parents and relatives who were killed during the July 30, 2017 raid.

Parojinog was arrested on July 30, 2017,during a two-hour gunbattle with the police that left her father, Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog and mother, Susan, along with 13 of their followers dead.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines said some 200 judges and lawyers have been killed nationwide from 2002 until 2012. With reports from Mindanews and PNA