Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Police General Guillermo Lorenzo T Eleazar has ordered the leadership of the Police Regional Office XI to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of a lawyer and her husband in Davao City.

Lawyer Hilda Mahinay-Sapie and her husband Muhaimen Mohammad Sapie were allegedly killed by a sniper in front of their residence last July 14. The said couple has a radio program where they give free legal advice.

PGen Eleazar said authorities are already determining the possible motive of the crime and the identity of the perpetrator/s.

“Nagbigay na ako ng kautusan sa Regional Director ng PRO XI, Police Brigadier General Filmore Escobal, na tutukan ang kasong ito at patuloy akong bigyan ng updates sa progreso ng imbestigasyon,” PGen Eleazar said.

“Sa unang tingin pa lang, makikita na planado ang insidenteng ito kaya ang tinututukan natin ngayon ay ang mga posibleng motibo at pagkakakilanlan ng mga taong may kinalaman sa pagpaplano sa krimeng ito,” he added.

Authorities said the couple just finished their radio program when the crime happened.

The PNP chief expressed confidence that this case would be resolved in no time.

“In the meantime, let us wait for the result of the investigation. Tiwala ako na mareresolba natin ito,” he said.

The Davao City police has said they are looking at all possible angles for the crime, including the cases on land disputes which were handled by the victims.

Authorities already obtained a CCTV footage which could be of help in the investigation.

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