Lawyer with drug cases slain in Ilocos Sur

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CAMP FLORENDO, La Union – A lawyer handling several illegal drug cases was gunned down by unidentified suspects in Barangay Sta. Monica, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur on Thursday afternoon.

Reports reaching this Camp showed the victim, identified as Atty. Melver Tolentino, 42, a resident of San Lucas in Magsingal town, was on board his car and briefly stop at a gasoline station when the assailants riding a motorcycle shot him with M-16 armalite rifle.

The lawyer allegedly suffered several gunshot wounds and the different parts of his head and body and was declared dead on the spot.

The suspects fled immediately while investigators recovered 21 empty shells of armalite at the crime scene.

Authorities are determining the motive if his illegal drug cases are related to the killing.

Tolentino also serves as legal counsel of the Ilocos Sur provincial board.

By Dexter A. See

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