POLICE have launched a manhunt against the gunmen who killed an environmental lawyer in Tagbilaran City, Bohol, on Wednesday, February 15.
Police Regional Office-Central Visayas Director Noli Taliño ordered the manhunt against the gunmen; two of whom are reportedly residents of Davao del Sur and Davao del Norte.
Police have also identified the possible mastermind -- reportedly the owner of a famous beach resort in Panglao Island in Bohol.
Authorities raided the resort last Thursday night, February 16, and seized several firearms and illegal drugs from one of the rooms.
Tagbilaran City Police Chief Nicomedes Olaivar Jr. said the slain lawyer, Mia Manuelita Mascariñas-Green, 49, was caught in the conflict between her client and the resort owner.
Green's client and the resort owner had dragged their dispute to court. Olaivar said Green and her client were reportedly on the verge of winning the case.
“Nakabantay na sila nga helpless na ilang kaso mao nga ilang giplano ang pagpatay (They noticed that they are losing the case, that's why they planned the killing of Green),” said Olaivar.
Green was shot and killed by four gunmen while she was onboard her vehicle on her way home at 4:27 p.m. of February 15.
Olaivar said the gunmen, who were onboard motorcycles during the ambush, were identified by witnesses.
The gunmen are reportedly friends with the beach resort owner and were involved in the illegal drug trade and land-grabbing incidents in the past. (SunStar Cebu)
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