Lower court judge killed inside home in Ilocos

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 19 2011 04:09 PM | Updated as of Jan 20 2011 12:09 AM

MANILA, Philippines - A lower court judge was found dead inside his home in Currimao, Ilocos Norte, on Wednesday morning.

Police identified the victim as Judge Fredelito Pingao, presiding judge of the Sarrat-Vintar Municipal Circuit Trial Court in Ilocos Norte.

Investigators said Pingao's body was discovered by his personal driver, Francisco Gonzales, inside his house in Barangay San Simeon around 8 a.m..

Police said the judge died of stab wounds in the neck and different parts of his body.

Police have yet to determine the motive behind the judge's killing. -- Report from Randy Menor, ABS-CBN Laoag