MANILA, Philippines – A judge of the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) was shot dead inside her office on Wednesday afternoon, local authorities said.
The victim was identified as Ma. Theresa Abadilla, 44, judge of Manila RTC Branch 45.
Abadilla was shot in her chamber on the fifth floor of the Manila City Hall around 2:45 p.m. and was immediately rushed to a hospital after the incident, according to a report by the city’s security force.
She was declared dead around 3:15 p.m., authorities said.
In a report to Manila City Mayor Francisco “Isko Moreno” Domagoso, authorities identified the judge’s 42-year-old clerk of court, Atty. Amador Rebato Jr., as the suspect.
The alleged gunman also died after shooting himself inside the office, the report stated.
Initial investigation showed that prior to the shooting, Abadilla was talking to Rebato about his work performance which seemed “unfavorable”.
According to the report, Juanito Reyes, the court’s legal researcher, told the authorities that Rebato recently got infected with COVID-19 which affected his performance and was planning to resign.
The city security force said the investigation into the incident has been turned over to the Homicide Division for proper disposition.
MANILA, Philippines – A joint board of inquiry, comprised of personnel from the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA), will be formed to look into the gunfight that transpired between its members near the Ever Gotesco Mall along Commonwealth Avenue, Quezon City on Wednesday night.
“In the interest of determining the truth behind the incident, a joint PNP-PDEA Board of Inquiry will be formed to determine what transpired and who should be held liable,” the PNP Public Information Office (PIO) said in a statement.
The PNP-PIO added that Police chief General Debold Sinas has appointed the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) as the lead investigating body, while the National Capital Region Police Office (NCRPO) has been designated “to speak on any updates from the PNP in order to keep the public updated with accurate and relevant information.”
The shooting incident between police officers and anti-illegal drug operatives was said to have occurred in an area outside of the mall early Wednesday night.
The mall management said that its shoppers were safe inside its premises when the incident happened and asked the public to refrain from sharing any unconfirmed information online.
The gunfight left several casualties but it remains unclear how and why it transpired as the PNP and PDEA have yet to disclose information about the incident.
Following the gunfight, PDEA spokesperson Derrick Carreon said their agents were on a legitimate operation in the area but appealed to the media to allow them time to obtain clear details about the incident.
“Sa ngayon, isa lang po ang malinaw, na ang PDEA Special Enforcement Service ay nandoon on a legitimate operation po. ‘Yun lang ang alam namin at this point,” he said in a message to reporters.
Meanwhile, the PNP and PDEA both assured the public that the incident, while serious, “will in no way affect the continuing operational relationship and coordination they have long firmed up in the fight against illegal drugs.”
Vehicular traffic along Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped early Wednesday night following a shooting incident reported near the Ever Gotesco Mall, the Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) said.
In an advisory, the MMDA said traffic on the eastbound lane of Commonwealth Avenue was temporarily stopped due to the armed encounter.
[Admin 24] MMDA UPDATE: Shooting incident at Commonwealth Ave. Ever Gotesco EB involving PNP as of 6:57 PM. Temporarily…
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