DOJ orders probe into killing of prosecutor in Trece Martires, Cavite

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 31) — The Department of Justice on Friday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a probe into the killing of an assistant prosecutor in Trece Martires City.

DOJ Secretary Menardo Guevarra issued a department order directing the NBI to look into the fatal shooting of Assistant City Prosecutor Edilbert Mendoza, 48, on Friday morning.

“The tragic death of ACP Mendoza clearly demonstrates the risk to life that our prosecutors face in the performance of their duties. I have directed the NBI to immediately join in the manhunt and apprehension of the perpetrators of this treacherous crime,” he said in a statement.

Based on police report, the shooting incident occurred at around 7:38 a.m. in Barangay Cabuco.

Mendoza died on the spot from a gunshot at the back of his head.

Authorities recovered three cartridge cases from a caliber 9mm at the crime scene.

A follow up investigation is on-going to identify and arrest the assailant.