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Cops probe lawyer’s killing

CAMP PRESIDENT ELPIDIO R. QUIRINO, Bulag, Bantay, Ilocos Sur – Police have created a special investigation task force on the killing of a lawyer in Barangay Sta. Monica, Magsingal, this province, Thursday.

Senior Supt. Tito G. Dacpano, Ilocos Sur police director, said yesterday that investigators are determining if the victim, Melver G. Tolentino, was killed due to the illegal drug cases he is handling.

Dacpano said the Philippine National Police strongly condemns the incident. “Once again, I reiterate our stand against vigilantism and we strongly condemn this incident and blatant disrespect to laws and life,” Dacpano said.

Vigan City Vice Mayor Lourdes Baquiran also condemned the killing of Tolentino, whom she described as an intelligent and kind lawyer. Tolentino served as the legal consultant of the city council.

The victim was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen onboard a motorcycle while refueling his car in a gasoline station. (Freddie G. Lazaro)