DILG orders PNP-HPG to hunt Mendiola's killers

May 7, 2012 9:51 pm 

By Priam F. Nepomuceno

MANILA, May 7 — Department of Interior and Local Governments (DILG) Secretary Jesse Robredo has ordered the Philippine National Police-Highway Patrol Group (PNP-HPG), headed by Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, to track down and immediately arrest the suspects behind the brutal killing of Alfred Mendiola, a star witness in the carjacking case against convicted car thief Raymond Domingues, last Sunday.

Mendiola, prior to his death, positively identified brothers Roger and Raymond Dominguez as the ones who masterminded the killing of car dealer Venson Evangelista last year.

Robredo also expressed his belief that the remnants of the carjacking syndicate, headed by the brothers, have the strongest motive to silence Mendiola.

"I believe that the remnants of the Dominguez carjacking group killed Mendiola. The group’s leaders, the brothers Roger and Raymond Dominguez, have the strongest motives to do him harm because of his testimony about the Venson Evangelista murder case,” Robredo said.

Mendiola was found dead, gagged and hog-tied with two other men, one of whom was Mark Miranda, in Sta. Lucia proper, Barangay Salawag, Dasmarinas City, around 6:30 a.m. last Sunday.

Robredo also ordered a thorough investigation on the two bodies found together with Mendiola, who were similarly gagged with masking tape and their hands bound with black cable ties.

The three victims were shot dead using a. 45 cal. pistol.

“I also would like to call on the other witnesses against the car theft cases against the Dominguez brothers to take extra precaution and seek police protection if necessary,” the DILG chief said.

Reports said police were digging into the possible links of the Dominguez brothers to the killing last January of Cristina Roxas, gas station owner, who filed criminal charges against Raymond for the theft of her sports utility vehicle. (PNA) RMA/PFN

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