Press Release
August 6, 2017

Koko says attack on judge an insult to PNP

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Sunday condemned the fatal Saturday morning attack on a judge in Butuan City.

Judge Godofredo Abul Jr. of the Butuan City Regional Trial Court Branch 4 was shot dead inside his house in Butuan City at around 10am, and his wife was injured in the same attack.

"This brazen attack on a judge in his own home is an insult to our policemen. The killers are showing their complete disregard for the rule of law and showing their contempt for the ability of the PNP to catch them", said Pimentel.

The Senate President, who pushed for the NBI Modernization Law and an advocate of a stronger judicial system, said that the PNP should rise to the challenge of the killers and solve the case immediately.

Pimentel said, "The PNP has been challenged. The best possible way to respond is to arrest the killers."

The Senate leader, a former bar topnotcher, is the author of 15 laws that created 50 new branches of regional, municipal, and metropolitan trial courts, helping to ease the backlog that has caused numerous delays in cases.

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