PUERTO PRINCESA CITY – Police in Palawan Province identified at least four "persons of interest" in the murder of attorney Eric Jay Magcamit, who was shot dead Tuesday in Narra city.
At a news conference on Friday morning, Police Commissioner Dionisio Bartolome Jr., Police Director of Palawan, said those interested were now being profiled to uncover background, records and history that would lead to the identification of the suspects.
“The subject we're currently looking at is work related. However, we remain open to other motives that may come up, ”he added.
Bartolome said they still found the motorcycle and van used by the suspects.
Magcamit was on his way to court in Quezon city on November 17 when he was shot and killed by two attackers while driving past the national road in Sitio Caraniogan in Malinao village in Narra city. He was due to attend a court hearing in the city of Quezon about a serious coercive incident related to a land dispute.
Bartolome assured the public that there would be no cover-up for Magcamit's murder, despite reports that a police officer was involved in the crime.
“Based on our records and evidence, there is currently no member of the PNP (Philippine National Police) among our interested parties … once the evidence emerges, and when evidence warrants it, charges will be filed. In this case, there will be no cover-up and the rule of law will prevail, ”added Bartolome.
Allegations linking a police officer to the crime emerged after Puerto Princesa City Councilor Elgin Damasco revealed in a Facebook post on Thursday that a police officer allegedly threatened Magcamit on October 20.
He claimed Magcamit was so scared that he asked to be escorted when traveling from Quezon to the village of Abo-Abo in the town of Sofronio Española.
Joel Hermogenes, Magcamit's client in the city of Quezon, said in a telephone interview on Friday that he believed the murder was linked to his four cases the lawyer is working on.
The four Hermogenes cases were filed against a specific Marcelino Quiyo, involving allegations of grave coercion, grave threat, malicious mischief, and violation of Republic Act No. 7610 or the Special Protection of Children Act from Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination.
Hermogenes also recalled that his wife had received a text message from Magcamit on October 20th informing her that he had received text messages threatening both the lawyer and his client.
Hermogenes revealed that his house was also riddled with bullets on September 8th. He said police found 37 spent grenades measuring 9 millimeters in diameter and 45 caliber at the crime scene.
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