MANILA The Department of Justice (DOJ) has directed the National Bureau of Investigation to investigate the murder of former Cebu City Assistant City Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro.
I have immediately directed the NBI to investigate the ambush of Prosecutor Mary Ann Castro and to identify the perpetrators at the soonest possible time, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra said in a message to reporters Friday.
Castro, 50, was gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants as she was driving a yellow Nissan Juke along Escario St. in Cebu City on Thursday.
The killing of Castro came almost a year after another lawyer, 44-year-old Jonnah John Ungab, vice mayor of Ronda town in south Cebu, was shot dead after attending a court hearing at the Cebu City Hall.
Reports earlier said Ungab, a lawyer of self-confessed drug lord Kerwin Espinosa, also represented Castro in at least one of the many cases she was a party to.
The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) said at least one lawyer is killed every month since August 2016. (PNA)
Source: Philippines News Agency