FORMER Biliran Rep. Glenn Chong has asked the Department of Justice for assistance in the investigation into the killing of his aide Richard Santillan last month.
Chong met with DoJ officials led by Undersecretary Adrian Sugay to request that the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) take over the investigation.
In his request, Chong asked that the NBI take custody of his Toyota Fortuner SUV (NOF 845) impounded by the Philippine National Police (PNP). The PNP claimed Santillan shot it out with policemen.
Aside from the car, Chong said they also want the NBI to take custody of the clothes worn by Santillan during the incident, as well as conduct “a reconstruction of the events” from the time Santillan was last seen alive.
He added that a crucial piece of evidence, particularly footage from the dash camera installed on his SUV, could also shed light on the incident.
“This is not a case of extrajudicial killing but a clear case of murder by guns for hire,” Chong told reporters after his meeting at the DoJ.
Chong reiterated that he could have been the real target of Santillan’s assailants.
The victim was found sprawled in Chong’s vehicle. A police report showed that Santillan allegedly shot it out with a group of policemen manning a checkpoint on Eastbank Road, Cambridge Village, Pasig City past 1 a.m. on Dec. 10, 2018.