By Noel Talacay and Ashzel Hachero
A LAWYER and his driver were shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in Sta. Rita, Pampanga yesterday.
Capt. Renemer James Pornia of the Sta. Rita police identified the fatalities as Carlos Montemayor Anselmo, of Barangay Cabangcalan in Floridablanca, Pampanga, and his driver Marcial Perez, of Santa Maria in Bulacan.
They were shot by three men aboard a motorcycle in front of the San Vicente Church in Barangay San Vicente, at about 9:30 a.m. while aboard a black Toyota Camry (license plate ZMD 630) traversing the provincial road of Barangay San Vicente.
Pornia said the victims had shots in the neck, head, and chest from a .45 caliber.
The gunmen fled after the attack.
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said he will let the police investigate the killing and the justice department will step in only if there is an indication it is a case of extrajudicial killing.
“We will initially let the Philippine National Police take the lead in investigating this latest incident but if there are indications that the case falls under Administrative Order No.35 (on extrajudicial killings arising from certain advocacies) the Department of Justice will create a special investigating team,” Guevarra said.
Such a team is usually composed of a state prosecutor and investigators from NBI, the DOJ’s main investigating agency.
The AO was issued on Nov. 22, 2010 by then President Aquino. It created an inter-agency committee tasked to speed up investigations of cases of extra-legal killings, torture, and disappearances and help in the prosecution of those involved. It is composed of the DOJ as chair, and its members are the Department of the Interior and Local Government, Department of National Defense, Office of the Presidential Adviser on the Peace Process, the Armed Forces, PNP, NBI, and the Presidential Human Rights Committee.