- Mayor Caesar Perez murder case is still hanging as there are no leads to the suspects yet
- Gov. Ramil Hernandez swore to conduct a comprehensive investigation to identify the suspects behind the assassination of Mayor Caesar Perez of Los Baños
- Mayor Perez, who once served as Laguna's vice governor, was shot twice in the head by two unidentified gunmen
- The shooting incident happened inside the municipal hall on Thursday evening, December 3
Mayor Caesar Perez's death is still under investigation according to Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez, who condemned the shooting incident inside the Los Baños municipal hall.
"Sa ngayon, wala pa ho tayong makuhang witness. 'Yung CCTV ho nire-review na ng pulisya at within the day po magre-report sila sa akin ng update," the governor said in an interview.
When asked about his opinion whether the incident could be drug-related, the governor stated that there is no evidence linking the two circumstances yet. He also mentioned that he actually thought that the mayor would soon be scratched off from the "narco list" since no evidence has been released regarding his involvement with the illegal trade.
"Ang alam ko ay doon na nga papunta, dahil ang tagal na wala pa ngang nakukuha o lumalabas na direct link or evidence na talagang involved siya, so sabi ko huwag siyang magalala, makiclear na rin siya diyan,"
Mayor Perez was shot inside the town hall on Thursday evening, December 3. The mayor was walking to the town hall’s receiving lounge when he was shot by unidentified suspects. Perez sustained two gunshot wounds in the head.
In a Facebook post, the governor expressed his grief and condemnation of the killing incident.
Perez was among the politicians who were included in President Rodrigo Duterte’s “Narco List”. His power over local police was removed due to the alleged involvement of the mayor in illegal drugs.
However, Perez denied all accusations against him and believed the issue was “politically motivated.”
Gov. Ramil Hernandez is Laguna’s present governor, serving his second term. He was first elected in the 2016 elections and got re-elected in 2019. In both elections, he was able to beat Emilio Ramon “ER” Ejercito.
The shooting incident involving a public official in Laguna was not the first to happen in the recent past. There were also other mayors and politicians involved in the president’s “Narco List” who were assassinated.
One incident that can be remembered was the killing of Tanauan City Batangas Mayor Antonio Halili, who was shot during a flag ceremony. He was also accused of being involved with illegal drugs. However, his daughter refuted the allegation.
The president’s “War on Drugs” campaign has been controversial ever since. Drug-related killings have increased over the years, which triggered human rights advocates. Meanwhile, despite the rising death toll involving police operations, former PNP Chief Bato dela Rosa assured the public that the Philippine National Police is committed to protecting lives.
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