VACC seeks DILG, DOJ probe into Batangas killings

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SAN PASCUAL, Batangas: Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) Founding Chairman Dante Jimenez strongly denounced recent murders in this municipality, the latest victim of which was a former village chief of Barangay Poblacion.

Jimenez appealed to Interior Secretary Mar Roxas 2nd to look into the apparent slowness of the Philippine National Police (PNP) in resolving political crimes.

In a news briefing, Jimenez and Rosario, the wife of slain village chairman Antonio Tabares, called on Roxas to personally investigate the incident, saying that the killings are slowly becoming of a normal occurrence in the municipality with four murders in 60 days.

Jimenez also asked Justice Secretary Leila de Lima to place Rosario under the witness protection program.


“This place is becoming a warzone. The VACC will monitor the situation here as we also appeal to media not to let up on these cases,” he said.

Jimenez wrote a letter to Roxas seeking help in behalf of Rosario, who expressed fear for her life.

Jimenez said Rosario should be placed under the WPP until the suspects are brought to justice.

It will be recalled that on December 31, 2013, while visiting a friend, Antonio was gunned down by unknown assailants on board an SUV, in Barangay San Antonio, San Pascual, Batangas.

San Pascual PNP Chief Police Sr. Insp. Manuel Maligaya admitted that they had identified the suspect, but they have yet to arrest and file charges

Among the angles being investigated by the PNP include politics, personal grudge or business.

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