Gunman confesses to killing Trece Martires prosecutor — PNP

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, January 9) — Authorities have arrested a man who confessed to killing a prosecutor in Cavite on New Year's Eve.

"Marvin Tagayon Linaban, 44 years old, admitted to investigators his alleged participation in the shooting of Atty. (Edilbert) Mendoza as he expressed remorse and willingness to execute an extra-judicial confession in the presence of a lawyer of his choice," the Philippine National Police said in a statement Sunday.

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PNP chief PGen Dionardo Carlos said if Linaban's claim proved to be true, his arrest "could be a major breakthrough in the investigation of the murder of Atty. Mendoza."

Linaban and Elvin Esguerra were arrested by the Cavite Drug Enforcement Unit in a buy-bust operation on Friday evening in Barangay H2, Dasmariñas City. He and Esguerra were both armed with guns when they were arrested.

Both firearms were submitted to the PNP Forensic Group for ballistics examination.

Along with the guns, several plastic sachets of suspected shabu estimated to be worth P69,000 were also confiscated from the pair.

Esguerra was hurt in a shootout during the arrest and was taken to a local hospital for treatment.