Lawyers’ group to seek NBI probe on Atutubo slay

(From right) RETIRED Judge Gorgonio Ibanez, IBP-Negros Occidental Chapter President Arnel Lapore, Task Force Kasanag national commander John Chiong, and Army Capt. Winlove Bag-ao during the signing of a Memorandum of Agreement between IBP-Negros and TFK on free legal assistance to rebel returnees afternoon of Sept 7, 2018 at Sugarland Hotel. (Dolly Yasa)

BACOLOD City – The Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP)-Negros is asking the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel investigation on the murder of lawyer Rafael Atutubo.

Atutubo was doing notarial work in front of his house when two motorcycle-riding suspects shot him at close range, morning of August 23, 2018.

He was declared dead on arrival in a hospital here.

On Sept 7, IBP-Negros president Arnel Lapore told reporters here that the investigation undertaken by the Bacolod City Police Office (BCPO) is not moving as they expected.

“It’s quite slow,” Lapore said adding that it has been almost three weeks since Atutubo was killed.

“In a unanimous resolution the IBP-Negros Occidental chapter is requesting the NBI-Bacolod to conduct a parallel investigation on the death of Atty. Rafael Atutubo and we are also requesting the regional director of the PNP to intervene in this investigation, to extend necessary assistance to the city director for the immediate and thorough investigation,” Lapore added.

The motive has not been established nor the suspects were identified, he said.

The BCPO has admitted facing a blank wall on the case, pointing to the lack of cooperation from the Atutubo family.
“We have been waiting for more than two weeks now, nothing has happened, no development, whatsoever,” Lapore said.

Lapore said they will not give a timeline to the NBI as “we will leave it to the NBI to do their thing.”

He also appealed to the Atutubo family to cooperate with the investigation for the speedy resolution of the case.

Police have attempted three times to get the statement of the victim’s family but to no avail.

Lapore said they will send the resolution to the NBI on Sept 10.

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