Probe deeper into Rosales siblings' killing, VACC tells PNP

Ina Reformina, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 27 2016 03:46 PM

Jimenez alarmed over 'heinous' crimes 

Siblings Lauren and Petronio Rosales Jr. Photo from Petronio Rosales Jr.'s Facebook page

MANILA - The killing of Rosales siblings Lauren and Petronio Jr., shot to death in separate incidents merely over three months apart, has alarmed anti-crime group Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC).

VACC founding chairman and president Dante Jimenez said his group will extend assistance to the Rosales family, in an effort to obtain justice for the siblings' deaths.

"Mag-eextend kami ng assistance because in four month's time po, first time in the history po ito nangyari sa VACC na dalawang member ng family pinatay heinously ng para umanong guns-for-hire. The police investigating should look deeper into this case," Jimenez said.

(We will extend assistance. This is the first time that the VACC encountered a case that two members of a family were killed by alleged guns-for-hire. The police investigating should look deeper into this case.)

Jimenez also said the Rosales siblings' case is alarming considering that it happened during the term of President Duterte, who has made his anti-criminality campaign the centerpiece of his administration. 

"Ito po'y nakakabahala under the administration of the president... We will be coordinating closely with the police; hindi po namin ito pababayaan yung pamilya po," Jimenez said.

(This is alarming since we are already the administration of the president, who has made a vow to crush criminality. We will be coordinating closely with the police. We will assist the family.)

Petronio Jr. was shot by an unidentified gunman on Wednesday morning, while waiting for a ride home in Barangay San Antonio Village, Makati City.

He was set to leave for abroad, and was reportedly in the Philippines to follow up on the investigation into Lauren's killing. Lauren was shot dead inside a jeepney last July.