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Manila chief inquest prosecutor shot dead

MANILA, Philippines – Manila s chief inquest prosecutorJovencio Senados was shot dead on Tuesday morning, July 7. In a phone interview with Rappler, Manila Police District (MPD) chief Brigadier General Rolando Miranda said Senados was gunned down at around 11 am along Quirino Avenue in the capital. Senados, 62, was driving his car when he was attacked. Miranda said police are still gathering information on the identity of the killers, as well as how many carried out the attack. Who was Senados? In the beginning of the lockdown in Manila, Senados maintained that people to be arrested by policemen for minor violations need not be detained. Senados invoked an office policy that minor offenders do not deserve to be in prolonged detention. Senados was among the many prosecutors who reported for duty to process the arrests during lockdown despite of the threats to their own health, and difficulty in transportation. NBI probe ordered: The Department of Justice condemned Senados killing. Justice Secretary Manardo Guevarra ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a probe. We are shocked by the audacity of this attack. It highlights once again the grave peril that our prosecutors face each day in the discharge of their duties, Guevarra said in a text message to reporters. Senados adds to a growing list of slain lawyers ever since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office. As of January 28, 2020, Rappler counted at least 48 judges, prosecutors, and lawyers have been killed since July 2016. – with a report from Lian Buan/Rappler.com

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