Jul 21, 2021 @ 17:09

Eleazar orders thorough probe into murders of Davao-based lawyer, husband

Philippine National Police chief Guillermo Eleazar on Wednesday ordered a thorough investigation into the murders of a Davao-based lawyer and her husband just recently.

“Sa unang tingin pa lang, makikita na planado ang insidenteng ito kaya ang tinututukan natin ngayon ay ang mga posibleng motibo at pagkakakilanlan ng mga taong may kinalaman sa pagpaplano sa krimeng ito,” Eleazar said in a statement.

He tasked the Police Regional Office 11 to conduct the investigation.

Unidentified assailaints have shot dead a Davao City-based lawyer and her husband just outside their residence in Barangay Talomo last Wednesday.

Police identified the victims as Atty. Sitti Gilda Mahinay-Sappie and her husband, Muhaimen Mohammad Sapie, hosts of online-based radio program “Justice Redeemer. ”

Initial investigation showed that the victims were gunned down shortly after they stepped out of their house at 5:10pm Wednesday.

The two died while undergoing treatment at the Southern Philippines Medical Center.

Justice Redeemer is an online free legal advice program, tackling “general legal issues” and an opinion-oriented political program, which is also aired over 94.7 Power Radio Davao (DXLL).

Mahinay was arrested in 2019 for illegal possession of firearms and ammunition. She was released on bail.

The lawyer alleged that she was being harassed for defending the rights of farmers and marginalized. #

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