PGMA orders PNP to identify and track down suspects in attempted assassination of DOTC official

June 5, 2009 1:50 pm 

MANILA, June 5 — President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo issued a marching order to the Philippine National Police (PNP) to conduct a thorough investigation into the attempted assassination Wednesday of Transportation Assistant Secretary Elmer Soneja – identify and track down the perpetrators.

Deputy Presidential Spokesperson Anthony Golez said the PNP was instructed to make sure such incident will not happen again.

He said the incident is “alarming and worrisome” as the attempt on the life of Soneja was “carried out in broad daylight in the middle of traffic in a progressive city.”

“The Palace is condemning such evil activities of these people,” Golez, said.

Golez noted that the previous killings of two government officials were also carried out in the same manner at Soneja’s.

Five men shot Soneja while he was driving along Ortigas Avenue Extension in Pasig City Wednesday morning, hitting him in the arm and torso.

Soneja is the head of the Department of Transportation and Communications’ bids and awards committee on the NBN-ZTE deal, and he testified at the Senate inquiry into the deal in 2008.

Golez however said it was still early to conclude that the attack was connected with his testimony on the cancelled broadband network deal.

“Let’s wait for the investigation by the Philippine National Police. We cannot make hasty generalizations on these incidents. That’s why we need thorough investigations,” he said. (PNA) LAP/OPS/ssc

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