June 28, 2010 in Featured
WITH REPORTS FROM PHILIPPINE NEWS AGENCY
TUGUEGARAO CITY A human rights lawyer and former Liberal Party campaign manager in Nueva Vizcaya was shot dead by two unidentified gun-wielding men in front of the Municipal Trial Court in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya on Tuesday (June 22) at about 9 a.m., police said.
Senior Superintendent Pedro Danguilan, Nueva Vizcaya police director, said that lawyer Ernesto Salunat died due to a fatal Cal .45 bullet wound in the neck.
Probers said Salunat, who has been an outspoken human rights advocate in Cagayan Valley and Liberal Party campaign manager, died at about 10:05 a.m., more than an hour after he was shot by two motorcycle-riding men while he was alighting from his white BMW car in front of the Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Solano, Nueva Vizcaya.
Salunat was about to attend a court hearing where he has been a counsel of several litigants in some cases lodged there.
Danguilan said they have been clueless on the identities of the suspected killers and what would have been the motive of the killing.
“We are exhausting all leads to solve this killing. So far, we are taking data on who would have been his client or clients at the said court prior to the killing. They may give leads and help shed light in the killing,” he said. # nordis.net