VP pays respects to slain Bulacan judge

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Vice President Jejomar Binay has condemned the killing of Judge Wilfredo Nieves, who was killed by unidentified men in Bulacan this week even as he condoled with the public official’s family on Friday.

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“I condemn this killing in the strongest possible terms. Judge Nieves was a committed public servant and an inspiration to those working in the judicial system. I expect our authorities to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators are caught and bought to justice,” Binay said.

He asked the Philippine National Police to act swiftly and find the people responsible for Nieves’ killing.

Friends and relatives of the murdered Bulacan Regional Trial Court (RTC) judge on Thursday  raised a P2-million cash reward to be given to anyone who can provide “A-One” information that will lead to the arrest of his killers.

Nieves died in an ambush near the Malolos Industrial Park on MacArthur Highway in Barangay Tikay on Thursday afternoon.

Senior Supt. Ferdinand Divina, Bulacan police director, has  said families and friends of Nieves gathered the money to speed up the unmasking of the judge’s assassins.

Divina added that a special panel was created to investigate the slaying. He said the Malolos City Police Station headed by Supt. Arwin Tadeo is trying to secure footage from a closed circuit television (CCTV) camera installed at a car wash shop near the area where the judge was attacked to check if the incident was caught on camera.

The Supreme Court has also condemned the killing and vowed that Nieves’ killing will not go unpunished.

Court Administrator Jose Midas Marquez said Deputy Court Administrator Raul Villanueva was directed to coordinate with prosecutors in Bulacan to get more details of the crime.

The judge was responsible for the speedy trial of a high-profile car-theft case case, which resulted in the conviction of known suspects.

On April 17, 2012, Nieves convicted Raymond Dominguez, a leader of  a carjacking gang operating in Metro Manila and Central Luzon, and sentenced him to 17 to 30 years in prison.

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