MANILA - Former Makati Mayor Jejomar Erwin “Junjun” Binay on Monday urged the police to look into all possible angles and motives in the killing of his long-time aide, Monaliza “Monette” Bernardo.
In a Facebook post, Binay said it is the police’s obligation “to look into all angles regarding the crime and avoid ruling out possible motives when they have yet to establish one in the first place.”
Binay issued this statement after Chief Inspector Gideon Ines, Makati City police deputy chief, said that Bernardo’s case cannot be considered election-related because Bernardo was not a candidate in the upcoming elections.
“To eliminate politics as a motive for this tragedy simply because Monette was not a candidate defies logic and ignores the hundreds of cases of election-related violence that have claimed the lives of voters, supporters, and even the media,” Binay said.
“Hanggang ngayon, nakakatanggap ng death threat ang mga taga-suporta ko (Until now, my supporters receive death threats.) Clearly, there is an effort to sow fear among those helping me in my campaign.”
Unidentified assailants shot Bernardo, 44, at her home in Barangay Olympia, Makati City shortly after arriving home from a campaign meeting on Thursday.
The assailants, both wearing helmets, fled on a motorcycle towards South Avenue.
Bernardo sustained gunshots that pierced through her right hand, hitting her abdomen. She was rushed to the Makati Medical Center and underwent surgery before succumbing to her wounds.
Binay is running against his sister, incumbent Makati Mayor Abigail Binay, in the May 13 midterm elections. The family has been in power in Makati City, the country's business capital, since 1986.