Que­zon City prose­cu­tor shot dead

The Philippine Star - - FRONT PAGE - – With Rom­ina Cabr­era, Edu Punay

A gov­ern­ment prose­cu­tor was shot dead in Que­zon City early yes­ter­day.

Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre II or­dered the Na­tional Bu­reau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) to probe the killing of Que­zon City prose­cu­tor Noel Min­goa, who used to be an as­so­ci­ate in his pre­vi­ous law firm.

“He was a very good man and a very com­pe­tent lit­i­ga­tor. I al­ready asked the NBI to con­duct an in­ves­ti­ga­tion and ap­pre­hend the per­pe­tra­tor/s of this heinous crime,” Aguirre said.

Aguirre di­rected the NBI to

look into the pos­si­bil­ity that the killing could be re­lated to Min­goa’s work as a prose­cu­tor.

He said probers would check on the cases pre­vi­ously and cur­rently be­ing han­dled by Min­goa.

Aguirre be­lieves that there is also a pos­si­bil­ity that the killing was re­tal­i­a­tion by crim­i­nals to the gov­ern­ment’s fight against drugs and cor­rup­tion.

Min­goa was talk­ing to some­one on his phone while stand­ing in front of a res­tau­rant along Com­mon­wealth Av­enue in Barangay Old Balara at around 1:20 a.m. when a lone gun­man at­tacked him.

The uniden­ti­fied gun­man emerged from a black ve­hi­cle and shot the vic­tim at close range.

Que­zon City Po­lice District (QCPD) Homi­cide Di­vi­sion chief Se­nior Insp. Elmer Mon­salve said they are in the process of re­triev­ing any CCTV footage in the area that could show the killing of Min­goa.

Mon­salve added Min­goa’s fam­ily did not re­ceive threats prior to the killing.

QCPD di­rec­tor Chief Supt. Guillermo Eleazar said sev­eral text mes­sages found in Min­goa’s phone showed he was about to meet three men at a nearby bar to dis­cuss a busi­ness in­vest­ment that had turned sour.

Ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion re­vealed Min­goa was sup­posed to sort out a P3-mil­lion in­vest­ment where the vic­tim was paid in fake US dol­lar bills.

Eleazar said they are still ver­i­fy­ing the busi­ness the un­named vic­tim re­port­edly in­vested in.

Po­lice re­lease the sketch of Min­goa’s killer yes­ter­day.

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