NBI ordered to probe slay of rights lawyer
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra has directed the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct its own inquiry into last week’s killing of human rights lawyer Juan Macababbad in Surallah town, South Cotabato.
“(I)f evidence warrants, file the appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible for any unlawful act [committed],” Guevarra told NBI Chief Eric Distor.
He also instructed Distor to furnish him a report on the status of the investigation within 10 days.
Macababbad, 68, was gunned down by still unidentified assailants at the gate of his home in Barangay Poblacion on Sept. 14.
He was the 65th lawyer slain since President Duterte was sworn into office in 2016.
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