…for Katherine Palmero and her companion, victims of a senseless and cruel shooting.
wear an orange band for support.
from ABS-CBN News Interactive
Police on Friday released the lawyer who was named in the fatal shooting of two persons following a traffic altercation in Pasig City Tuesday, ABS-CBN News reported.
Pasig police freed lawyer Manuel Hernandez at 5 p.m. after the suspect posted an P80,000-bail.
Hernandez’s release order was signed by Judge Amelia Manalastas of the Pasig City Regional Trial Court.
The release order was signed following a prosecutor’s evaluation that said the two counts of murder charges filed against the suspect should be downgraded to homicide. The report said the incident past 2 p.m. Tuesday was not premeditated and had no element of treachery.
The suspect, however, still faces charges for violating the gun ban imposed by the Commission on Elections for the October 29 barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan polls.
The lawyer was tagged by several witnesses as the man who shot Edgardo Canizares and Katherine Palmero in Barangay San Antonio Village.
Canizares and Palmero died while undergoing treatment at The Medical City hospital.
Senior Superintendent Francisco Uyami, city police chief, said Hernandez, 32, works at the legal department of City Hall and has a relative who is a Sandiganbayan magistrate.
Reports said the traffic altercation started when Canizares’s Nissan Cefiro (XSA 205) and Hernandez’s Toyota car (UEP 547) nearly ran into each other as the suspect was about to leave the village near the corner of Shaw Boulevard.
Witnesses told police that Canizares alighted from his car and hurled invectives at Hernandez. The suspect ignored the victim and drove on.
Canizares, however, kicked the suspect’s car. Moments later, witnesses saw Hernandez alighting from his car with a pistol.
After shooting Canizares four times, the suspect vented his ire on Palmero and shot the woman.
The suspect fled after the incident. Police, however, arrested him several hours after tracking him down through the vehicle registry of the Land Transportation Office. With a report from Ina Reformina