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Provincial prosecutor survives shooting in Oriental Mindoro

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A PROVINCIAL prosecutor from Oriental Mindoro was shot Monday morning, sustaining five gunshot wounds and was to undergo surgery, an official from the Department of Justice (DoJ) said.

DoJ Undersecretary and Spokesperson Markk L. Perete confirmed that Provincial Prosecutor Josephine Caranto-Olivar was fired at while entering her house.

“PP Jo had to undergo a CT scan for the wounds she sustained in the body. All in all she sustained 5 gunshot wounds, 2 in the head and 3 in the body. She will have to undergo an operation for the wounds in the body,” Mr. Perete told reporters in a mobile phone message.

“The Department calls on our law enforcement authorities to investigate this incident that those responsible may be held to account before the law,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra added that the National Bureau of Investigation Regional Director’s Office has been instructed to probe the incident.

An international delegation of lawyers, citing reports, said last March that at least 37 members of the legal profession have been killed in the exercise of duty since June 2016 when President Rodrigo R. Duterte assumed office. — Vann Marlo M. Villegas