Charred bodies in ex-solon's car still unidentified

Third Anne Peralta-Malonzo

AUTHORITIES are still confirming the identities of the burned bodies found inside the vehicle owned by former Batangas Congressman Edgar Mendoza in Tiaong, Quezon on Thursday, a police official said on Friday.

“Kasalukuyan pa po nating pinapa-DNA test ‘yung pagkakakilanlan nung tatlo kung talagang si ex-congressman Mendoza po ‘yung nandoon at saka ‘yung driver niya at guard,” Tiaong police chief Major Lawrence Panganiban said.

“Pinapa-DNA test natin ‘yun para malaman natin kung ‘yung mga labi ay match doon sakanilang family,” he added.

Shortly after midnight on Thursday, January 9, policemen received report about a burning vehicle in Barangay San Francisco.

Found in the backseat of the burned vehicle were three charred bodies.

Mendoza’s family earlier, confirmed that the said vehicle was the one used by the former congressman when he along with his driver, Ruel Ruiz and body guard, Nicanor Mendoza left home on Thursday to meet someone in Laguna.

Police said they are still facing a blank wall as of the motive and the possible suspects in the killing.

Investigation is still ongoing. (SunStar Philippines)