5 suspects arrested over killing of former Batangas congressman

Five people have been arrested in connection with the killing of former Batangas Congressman Edgar Mendoza, whose charred remains were found in a burned-out car earlier this month, the Philippine National Police (PNP) announced today.

PNP Brig. Gen. Joel Coronel told Rappler that the suspects are being investigated, and that the police are in “the process of gathering additional evidence” and coordinating with the Department of Justice in order file charges against the suspects.

He also said they will divulge the names of the five persons “in due time,” the Philippine Daily Inquirer reports.

Read: Charred body believed to be former Batangas congressman

It was on Jan. 9 when three charred bodies were found inside a torched Honda Civic in Tiaong, Quezon province. Authorities believe that one of the bodies belonged to Mendoza, a lawyer who left his family home in Batangas to meet a client in Laguna.

His family has confirmed that the  car belonged to Mendoza, and has also appealed to the client to come forward and help in the investigation as he was allegedly the last person to see the former congressman alive.

Mendoza served in Congress from 1998 to 2001, and was also a former immigration commissioner, a trial court judge, and a city councilor.

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