Charges set to be filed vs lawyer's killer

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Thursday, July 3, 2014


THE Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) is set to file charges before the City Prosecution Office (CPO) against the suspect in the murder f former Public Attorney's Office (PAO) lawyer Emmanuel L. Acuña Jr.

Davao Police Regional Office (PRO) deputy director for operations Sr. Supt. Aaron Aquino, in a press conference at Royal Mandaya Hotel on Wednesday, said police authorities will soon file the charges.

"The suspect has been identified. However, I cannot yet reveal the person's name since our investigation is not yet over. We are still in the process of completing our investigation, and once it is clear, everyone will know the suspect [in the killing of the lawyer] in due time," Aquino said.

Aquino added they are preparing all the documents and evidence needed in the filing of charges. "Eventually, we will file the charges in court," he said.

The Davao City Police Office (DCPO) earlier received information that the "person behind the murder" of Acuña will surrender anytime soon. The police are hoping that the one who will be turning himself in will be the real gun man.

Acuña, who used to serve at the public attorney's office, was shot in Lanang, Davao City on May 30 after sending off his girlfriend at the parking area of a bank. The victim sustained wound in his head and later died at the hospital.

The task group Acuña has been looking into a love triangle or crime of passion as the motive behind the murder case of the lawyer. A witness said a man wearing white shirt was seen running after Acuña while firing a gun at him. The shooter then got in a black pick-up and sped off.

Bayan Muna Representative Carlos Isagani Zarate, who is also the chair of the Union of Peoples Lawyers in Mindanao (UPLM), in behalf of other lawyers, earlier condemned Acuña's murder and called on authorities to solve the case and arrest the perpetrator as soon as possible.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on July 04, 2014.

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