STILL unidentified gunmen assassinated a 49-year-old former Cebu City prosecutor during a daring attack in the city on Thursday evening.
The killers fled after shooting lawyer Mary Ann Castro as she was driving her yellow car along Escario Street in Barangay Kabutao, Cebu City at 9:53 p.m. Thursday.
Witnesses said that two motorcycle-riding men tailed the victim before the backrider opened fire on her without any provocation a few meters away from the Cebu Park Lane. The victim suffered a gunshot wound in the neck and at least five bullets hit her body.
Although wounded, the lawyer managed to continue driving before hitting the fence of a nearby construction site where she was found slumped on her seat.
Following the incident, PRO7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas ordered the creation of Special Investigation Task Group Castro to lead the investigation into the killing and the hunt for the assassins.
Police are looking for all possible angles behind the killing including personal grudge and work-related issues amid findings that Castro is known for prosecuting cases for violation of Republic Act 9165 or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act filed against arrested drug personalities in Cebu province.
The SITG will be headed by Cebu City Police Office director, Senior Supt. Royina Garma.
Meanwhile, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel probe into the death of 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,” Guevarra said.
Meanwhile, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu chapter has condemned the killing of Castro and urged authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators.
“This strong-willed lady, not afraid to speak her mind, is one of the respected lady lawyers in Cebu. She is also a good friend to many. She is simply one of the few who makes women in this profession significant and beautiful,” said lawyer Mundlyn Misal-Martin, president of the IBP Cebu chapter.
“This act, seems to be a norm in Cebu is unjust, disrespectful and inhumane. Justice cannot be attained by another act of injustice. Killing another person is not the resolution of a problem. Never can it be and never will it be,” she added.
With Hector Lawas