Press Release
May 13, 2018

Koko slams murder of ex-solon, demands quick results from PNP

Senate President Aquilino "Koko" Pimentel III on Sunday condemned the killing of former La Union 2nd District Representative Eufranio Eriguel, who was shot at around 7pm on Saturday in Agoo, La Union.

Eriguel is a member of the ruling Partido Demokratiko Pilipino - Lakas ng Bayan (PDP Laban), of which Pimentel is the President.

"The Philippine National Police must forcefully, quickly, and effectively respond to this outrage", said Pimentel.

Two of Eriguel's bodyguards, Bong Tubera and Bobby Ordinario, were also killed in the incident. Eriguel previously survived a bomb attack in April 2016.

This is not the first time that Pimentel has called the PNP to task for the large number of unsolved cases of killings in the country.

However, Pimentel is also instrumental in the passage of the salary increase for policemen and also offered support for increasing the budget for the PNP's training and equipment.

Pimentel said, "What we need is a professional and credible police force that can deter criminals and effectively deal with those who violate the law. I am encouraged by PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde's efforts to discipline the police force, but we will see if his measures would translate to increased effectiveness of the PNP in catching the killers."

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