Cops linked to QC prosecutor’s murder ordered to submit counter-affidavits

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THE DEPARTMENT of Justice (DoJ) has started the preliminary investigation on the killing of Quezon City Assistant Prosecutor Rogelio A. Velasco, who was ambushed May 11, 2018. Senior State Assistant Prosecutor Peter L. Ong asked the respondents of the murder complaint to submit their counter-affidavits on Feb. 19. The respondents are Senior Police Officer (SPO) 2 Rodante S. Lalimarmo, PO3 Arthur Y. Lucy, and PO1 Jose L. Mercado. The National Bureau of Investigation and Vanessa N. Velasco, Mr. Velasco’s daughter, have also been asked to submit their reply on March 11, while the respondents have until March 25 to submit their rejoinder. Mr. Velasco was ambushed while driving in front of a restaurant along Don Antonio St. in Barangay Holy Spirit, Quezon City. He was declared dead on arrival at the East Avenue Medical Center. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas

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