Calbayog RTC judge
shot dead by lone gunman
By GINA SUELLO-SORILO
CALBAYOG CITY, Samar
– A 69-year-old judge of the Regional Trial Court Branch 32 here was
shot dead Monday evening by an unidentified gunman inside his vehicle
parked in front of Nijaga Park, Barangay Central this city.
Roberto A. Navidad, a native of Gen. MacArthur,
Eastern Samar was hit once on the lower left eye which cause his
instant death, Calbayog City Police Chief Supt. Isaias Tonog said.
Tonog told this writer
that based on their investigation, the victim parked his Nissan Patrol
vehicle with plate No. TPL-911 at the corner of Gomez Street and
Rosales Blvd. and went to Mercury Drug approximately 40 meters away
from his vehicle to buy medicines and was shot when he returned to his
vehicle when he was about to start the engine.
“An nakabutang sa
resibo san iya ginpalit sa Mercury Drug 7:05. Pakapalit niya diretso
naglakat mabalik sa iya sakyanan. Waray gud mabati an dako nga putok
kay sulod sa iya sakyanan an pagpusila,” Tonog added.
He added that
according to witnesses the suspect who approached and shot the victim
fled on foot towards Barangay Balud this city and was described as
5’4” in height, clad in black jacket and also wearing a ball cap.
Police recovered one
empty shell of a .45 pistol at the crime scene.
A manhunt operation is
still being conducted to track down the suspect and to establish the
motive. But Calbayog City Mayor Mel Senen Sarmiento said in a radio
interview over DYOG that the shooting could be work-related.
Boyette B. Doydora,
process server of RTC Branch 32 said that his driver resigned.
“Ako liwat nagdadrive,
for almost ten years driving natapod sa akon pagmaneho kay mahirot ak
pag drive. Nakadto ak sa Catbalogan siton nga adlaw,” Doydora added.
Officer in Charge
Clerk of Court Editha Cayetano of Branch 32 here said that the judge
is going to retire on June 6 of this year and had served as presiding
judge of RTC Branch 32 since February 11, 1987. Calbayog City then has
only RTC Branch 31.
“He was designated
twice by the Supreme Court as executive judge. Nahimo nga pilot court
an Branh 32 ngan dinhe he implemented a speedy trial. Aside from his
regular work assignment he undertook special assignments. He was
assigned in Catbalogan RTC Branches 28 and 29; Tarangnan RTC; had been
temporarily assigned in one of the branches in RTC Tacloban; has been
a fiscal for six years before his appointment as judge in Borongan;
and had served as municipal mayor of Gen. MacArthur for two terms when
he was still a practitioner,” Cayetano explained.