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Guevarra: Suspects in ex-rep Mendoza’s slay may be charged in either Batangas or Quezon

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Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Tuesday (Jan. 22) said the criminal complaint against those believed involved in the slay of former Batangas representative Edgar Mendoza might be filed before the provincial prosecutor’s office.

“Criminal jurisdiction will be determined by the place where the offense or any of its essential elements was committed,” he said.

The burned car of the former legislator was found last January 9 along a bridge in Barangay San Francisco in Tiaong, Quezon containing three charred bodies.

The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) confirmed that DNA testing showed that one of the victims is Mendoza and that they already have in custody five suspects.

“We will be consulting with the Department of Justice prosecutors on this account so we would be able to file a strong case against these suspects,” said PNP-CIDG chief Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel.

Guevarra said DOJ prosecutors in Manila have yet to be reached by the PNP-CIDG which most likely have been talking to provincial prosecutors either in Quezon or Batangas.

“Baka sa office of the provincial prosecutor (batangas or quezon) sila nag-consult,” he said.

The Secretary said he has no problem with the case being filed before the DOJ in Manila.

“It will depend on certain factors such as security of witnesses, political or other extraneous influences, etc,” he said.

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