Deep probe launched re death of Nueva Ecija gov’s assistant
The director of the Police Regional Office in Central Luzon on Monday ordered a deep probe on the killing of Nueva Ecija Governor Cherry Umali’s secretary on Sunday, January 14.
“Special Investigation Task Group Hernandez was immediately created by the Nueva Ecija Provincial Police headed by Director Senior Superintendent Eliseo Tanding for the speedy identification and apprehension of the suspects as well as protection of the husband and other family members of the victim,” Chief Supt. Amador Corpus said.
The slain provincial government employee was identified as 38-year-old Mary Anne “Meanne” Hernandez. Hernandez was reportedly shot to death by two unidentified assailants in a gas station in Barangay Marcos, Talavera, Nueva Ecija.
Hernandez’ husband, Carlito, 43, was severely injured when he was shot by bullets reportedly meant for Meanne.
A day after Hernandez’ death, Umali released a statement of condolences to the employee’s family, and said they would ceaselessly fight for justice for her death.
“Mariin naming kinokondena ang ganitong patraydor na karahasan. Walang katumbas na salita ang maaring maglarawan sa karumaldumal na karahasang ito. Walang anumang dahilan ang maaring magbigay ng katwiran sa patraydor na pagpaslang sa isang 38 taong gulang na babae at ina sa kanyang dalawang batang anak,” a part of the statement read.
“Si Meanne ay halos bahagi na ng pamilya Umali. Nagsimula siyang maglingkod bilang Executive Assistant ni Gov. Oyie Umali noon pang 2007 at nagpatuloy sa katulad na gawain ngayon sa aking panunungkulan. Si Meanne ang tulay namin sa halos lahat nang mga gawaing kailangang kagyat na matapos sa Kapitolyo gayundin sa pag-aasikaso sa mga hinihiling na direktang tulong ng ating mga kababayan,” it added.
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