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DOJ to start preliminary prove in killing of Glenn Chong’s aide

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The Department of Justice (DOJ) is set to start this Thursday (June 6) the preliminary investigation of the case of the slain aide of former Biliran representative Glenn Chong.

“Subpoenas have been issued to the respondents,” said Senior Assistant State Prosecutor Alexander Suarez who was assigned to conduct the preliminary investigation.

The case concerns that alleged Philippine National Police (PNP) operation last December in Cainta, Rizal which resulted in the killing Chong’s aide Richard Santillan and his female companion Gessamyn Cassing.

“The concerted acts of the above police officers, before, during and after the death of (Santillan and Casing), indubitably show causal relation, thus pointing to a joint purpose, a unity of action and a community of interest – to kill Santillan and Casing,” read the complaint filed by the NBI.

Named as respondents in the complaint are Calabarzon regional director Brig. Gen Edward Caranza and 22 other policemen.

In the complaint, Carranza has been accused along with three others of committing obstruction of justice.

While, Capt. John Russel Barnacha, Lt. Sandro Ortega and 14 others were accused of two counts of murder and one count of planting of evidence.

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