PAGADIAN CITY – A judge was killed on Thursday afternoon in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga del Norte, the Supreme Court said.
It said Judge Reymar L. Lacaya was shot in the coastal town of Liloy. Lacaya was the assigned at Regional Trial Court Branch (RTC) 11 in Sindangan town, about 57 kilometers from where he was shot.
Police confirmed the killing and said Lacaya was shot at a parking lot outisde the courthouse around 3 p.m. “An initial investigation disclosed that the victim was shot by an unidentified suspect at the RTC parking area in Liloy. Personnel of the Liloy municipal police station responded in the incident and conducted hot pursuit operation,” Major Helen Galvez, a regional police spokesperson, told The Zamboanga Post, quoting a sketchy report.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the murder.
In a tweet, the Supreme Court Public Information Office said: “Chief Justice Bersamin and the entire Judiciary condemn in the strongest possible terms the killing of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte RTC Branch 11 Judge Reymar L. Lacaya; urge authorities to exert their best efforts for the immediate apprehension of those responsible for Judge Lacaya’s death.”
No other details were released by the Supreme Court. (The Zamboanga Post)
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