Podcast: The Philippines: On last day of 2021, Cavite prosecutor becomes 66th lawyer killed under Duterte

IAPL: A gunman approaches the 48-year-old prosecutor doing his morning exercise in front of his home, shoots him in the head three times, and flees on foot

Assistant City Prosecutor (ACP) Edilberto Mendoza from Trece Martires, Cavite was gunned down in front of his home on Friday, December 31, making him the 66th lawyer killed in the past five years and a half of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration.

Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay issued an order on Friday for the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to step in and do a case buildup, a move that the DOJ does for special cases in order to beef up or expedite investigations.

Mendoza was 48 years old, according to the Cavite provincial police.

Cavite police chief Arnold Abad said the gunman, who went to the prosecutor and shot him in the head close range, was still unidentified. The gunman fled the crime scene on foot, said the police.

Mendoza was doing his morning exericise in front of his home when he was shot.

Cavite police said it has organized a special task force for the case.