BALER, Aurora: The presiding judge of Baler Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 91 was shot dead on Tuesday afternoon by a man waiting outside his office. Judge Jude Erwin U. Alaba and his wife were on board a Sports Montero black Mitsubishi with plate number WKI 287 and were on their way to his office when they were shot, according to Police Chief Inspector Jun S. dela Cruz. The judge was rushed to a hospital in Barangay Suklayin but was declared dead on arrival, while his wife is still under treatment. The motive behind the killing is still unknown as of press time. The Supreme Court, in a statement, condemn the incident and called on the authorities concerned to take all necessary steps with all deliberate speed to do justice for Judge Alaba and his wife by fully investigating the crimes committed.