By Macon Araneta

Sen. Richard Gordon on May 13 urged the Philippine National Police (PNP) to take prompt action and arrest the lone gunman in the broad daylight murder of a Zamboanga del Norte judge, the 30th judge to be killed since 1999.

The chair of the Senate Justice committee said the culture of violence and impunity must be stopped immediately.

“That’s why perhaps we ought to find our way clear on looking for solutions to, once and for all, try and get the killers who are faceless and who (do these) dastardly (deeds),” said Gordon.

“Dead men tell no tales. That’s why I have always stood up for people who are killed, such as judges,” also said Gordon.

“If the public officials are not safe in this country and cannot find justice in this country,” Gordon said, “what more with the common man? How will the people get justice if the very people who dispense justice in our country are killed and could not get justice
themselves?“

Gordon referred to the killing of Sindangan, Zamboanga del Norte Regional Trial Court Judge Reymar Lacaya. He was shot dead in the parking lot of the justice hall by a still unidentified gunman who fled on foot before riding a motorcycle.

He also called on the Land Transportation Office to hasten Republic Act 11235 or the Motorcycle Crime Prevention Act of 2019.

He believes this can help avert riding-in-tandem criminals who kill with impunity.

The law also addresses stolen motorcycles and those without license plates.

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