3 charged for murder of Zamboanga judge

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jul 08 2019 12:01 PM

MANILA - Three people have been charged for the killing of a Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court judge in May.

Judge Reymar Lacaya of the Liloy, Zamboanga del Norte RTC was boarding his vehicle outside a courthouse on May 9 when he was reportedly shot by a lone gunman.

In a 3-page resolution, Zamboanga del Norte Provincial Prosecutor Gabino Saavedra said there was enough circumstantial evidence to support the finding of probable cause against a certain Juliver Cabating, and alleged cohorts alias Jerry and alias Ramil.

"The pieces of evidence on hand have sufficiently established that the 2 respondents, known only by their respective aliases and identified to by witnesses, are indeed the triggermen who ended the victim’s life on that fateful day of May, 2019," the resolution read.

"The same pieces of evidence have likewise shown that Juliver may have conspired with them in perpetrating the brutal slaying of the good judge."

The pieces of evidence included affidavits of witnesses, documents, photographs, and video footage, according to the resolution.

The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) has urged the Supreme Court to look into the killings of judges and lawyers as it noted that 38 judicial workers have been killed since August 2016.

--With reports from Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News