Lawyer handling drug cases slain in Ilocos

CAMP FLORENDO, La Union – A lawyer handling several illegal drug cases was gunned down by unidentified suspects in Barangay Sta. Monica, Magsingal, Ilocos Sur on Thursday afternoon.

Reports reaching this Camp showed the victim, identified as Lawyer Melver Tolentino, 42, a resident of San Lucas in Magsingal town, was on board his car and briefly stopped at a gasoline station when the assailants riding a motorcycle shot him with an M-16 armalite rifle.

The victim suffered several gunshot wounds in the different parts of his head and body and was declared dead on the spot. Investigators recovered 21 empty bullet shells at the crime scene.

Authorities are determining the motive if his illegal drug cases are related to the killing.

Tolentino has been serving as legal counsel of the Ilocos Sur provincial board. Jun Elias/