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Judge in narco list slain

By FROILAN GALLARDO
Special Correspondent

A retired court magistrate, who was included in the “narco list” of President Rodrigo Duterte, has been killed by unidentified gunmen in his residence in Surigao del Norte.

Lt. Col. Christian Rafols II, Caraga regional police spokesman said retired magistrate Exequil Dagala, 48, was sleeping when three gunmen entered his residence and shot him in Del Carmen town, Surigao del Norte last Friday.

Rafols said Dagala was killed instantly while his son, Vince Exequil Dagala, suffered a gunshot wound on his left palm.

He said the victim and his son were sleeping together in the room at the second floor when the gunmen barged inside the house at around 11 pm.

“The suspects shot the victim several times using caliber .45 pistols hitting on his head and mouth that resulted to his instantaneous death,” Rafols said in a statement.

Rafols said the unidentified suspects fled towards unknown direction riding a white Toyota Grandia with no plates.

President Rodrigo Duterte named Dagala, who was a municipal court magistrate, as one of the seven alleged “narco-judges” in 2016.

Former Chief Magistrate Maria Lourdes Sereno wrote President that Dagala could not have been a “narco judge” as he does not handle and does not have jurisdiction over drug cases.

Malacañang have identified Dagala as “Ezekiel Dagala” a municipal trial court judge in Dapa town, Surigao del Norte.

At least 41 judges, prosecutors, and lawyers have been killed during the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte as of July 29.

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