PNP chief orders thorough probe into slay of Sarrat councilor

Philippine National Police chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos (Screengrab)

MANILA – Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Dionardo Carlos on Tuesday ordered local police to conduct a deeper investigation into the assassination of a Sarrat, Ilocos Norte town councilor.

Initial reports said Sangguniang Bayan member Apolonio Medrano, 69, of Sarrat town was shot while he was about to board his vehicle on December 6 shortly after attending Monday's flag-raising ceremony.

“I would like to offer my sincerest condolences to the family of Councilor Medrano. Our investigators are exerting all effort to uncover this case. Let’s see where the evidence will lead us in this investigation. So far, it’s early to say that this is election-related,” Carlos said.

Medrano sustained gunshot wounds in various parts of his body. He was taken to a local hospital but was declared dead by the attending physician.

A witness said the gunman, who was wearing a jacket, fled on board a motorcycle.

Medrano, a retired PNP intelligence officer, survived an ambush attempt on April 26, 2017. (PNA)

Source: Business Diary Philippines

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