By Tetch Torres
First Posted 12:33:00 06/11/2008
MANILA, Philippines — Justice Secretary Raul Gonzalez has been asked to investigate a recent attack against the father of a lawmaker that resulted in the deaths of two security escorts and the wounding of another.
In his letter to Gonzalez, Biliran Governor Rogelio Espina said his request was prompted by Biliran Representative Glenn Chong’s allegation that he and his family were behind the shooting last Saturday.
“It is unlawful and unbecoming of Congressman Chong to accuse me and my family of the crime and tarnish our reputation since the case is still undergoing investigation,” Espina said.
“As the executive of our province and with our family’s name at stake, I have requested concerned agencies to help in the investigation of the said incident and to ensure an impartial result,” Espina said.
“I am addressing the matter to your most esteemed office hoping that a thorough investigation be done so that the truth and justice may prevail for my family, the families of the victims and the people of the Province of Biliran,” he said.
The incident took place last Saturday evening, along P. Inocentes Street, Barangay (village) PI Garcia where four unidentified armed men fired at the vehicle of Charlie Chong, the lawmaker’s father.
The two fatalities were identified as Alberto Parilla, a former barangay (village) chairman of Rosario, Naval, who was shot in the abdomen and at the back; and Antonio Barcelo, a cousin-in-law who was hit at the back.
Both were declared dead on arrival at the provincial hospital.
Wounded was Jose Casas, a retired policeman, who got shot at the kneecap and was brought to a private hospital in Tacloban City, more than 100 kilometers away from Naval.
Congressman Chong believed that the killing was politically motivated.