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Palace condemns ‘senseless’ Batocabe killing

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By Prince Golez

Malacañang has condemned the “senseless” killing of Ako Bicol party-list Rep. Rodel Batocabe, demanding justice for his death.

“We denounce the senseless killing of Ako Bicol Rep. Rodel Batocabe in Albay,” spokesperson Salvador Panelo said in a statement.

On Saturday afternoon, Batocabe and his police escort, Senior Police Office 1 Orlando Diaz, were shot dead by unidentified gunmen during a gift-giving event in Barangay Burgos, Daraga, Albay.

The two were taken to hospital but were pronounced dead on arrival.

“Proper authorities are now investigating this brazen murder as we vow to leave no stone unturned in bringing the perpetrators of this felonious act to justice,” according to Panelo.

The official said Malacañang also extended its sincere condolences to Batocabe’s bereaved family, his loved ones, and his friends and colleagues in Congress.

Batocabe was serving his last term as a congressman and was running for mayor of Daraga in next year’s polls.