MANILA -- Witnesses in the killing of a government prosecutor have allegedly been silenced by threats, the victims' relatives have claimed.
Dr. Victoria Velasco said three witnesses did not appear during Monday's hearing on the preliminary investigation against the three policemen facing murder complaints for the death of her father, Quezon City Deputy Prosecutor Rogelio Velasco.
Six witnesses took their oaths on Monday. But three witnesses did not appear due to fear for their lives, Victoria said.
Victoria said one of the three witnesses who failed to appear was being harassed since last year.
Velasco was killed on May 11, 2018 in front of the Persian Kitchen in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. A white Toyota Innova with plate number XNR 256 blocked the path of Velasco's vehicle and four armed men fired at the victim.
The Department of Justice under Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Peter Ong is conducting a preliminary investigation over the murder complaints filed by Velasco's family and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) against three of the suspects, namely, SPO2 Rodante Sicat Lalimarmo, PO3 Arthur Yasonio Lucy, and PO1 Jose Lunar Mercado.
Two motorcycle-riding men have been seen outside of the house of the witness especially on September last year when the National Bureau of Investigation filed the complaints, Victoria said.
Lucy who's supposed to be on restrictive custody was seen outside her house, she said.
Another hearing is scheduled on March 25 where the NBI will conduct an examination of the security camera footage which were used as evidence against the respondents.
Source: Philippines News Agency