Nov 15, 2020 @ 15:09

SC conducting own probe into Judge Abadilla’s death

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said over the weekend that the Supreme Court has started its own probe into the death of Manila regional trial court Judge Ma. Theresa Abadilla last Wednesday.

“We are also investigating and reviewing our court policies,” Marquez said.

He, however, admitted that on the review of security policies, “it is more complicated with some courts in Manila because they are housed in the City Hall, over which we do not have full control.”

On Wednesday afternoon, Abadilla, 44, was shot dead allegedly by clerk of court Atty. Amador Rebato Jr., inside her office at the Manila regional trial court Branch 45.

She was declared dead on arrival by emergency doctors at the nearby Medical Center Manila.

On the other hand, Rebato claimed his own life after shooting Abadilla over still unknown motive.

Witnesses disclosed that the two were heard arguing inside her office when gunshots were fired.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra tasked the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a parallel probe even as he admitted that Abadilla’s death may have stemmed from personal issues with her clerk of court.

“The NBI will look into all possible angles and motives, as well as make recommendations to the Supreme Court on improving security measures in all halls of justice, court rooms, and premises,” Guevarra said.

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