CA justice missing; search on

Angeles City---Pampanga police tracker teams have gone to areas where former Court of Appeals Justice Normandie Pizarro used to frequent after he was declared missing by law enforcement authorities Wednesday.

Colonel Abdres Simbajon Jr., officer-in-charge of the Pampanga Provincial Police Office, said investigators were dispatched to different places in Pampanga and nearby areas in Metro Manila to get information following the sudden disappearance.

Simbajon said Pizarro’s family sought the help of Pampanga police and the National Bureau of Investigation after the car -- an old model Honda Accord -- was found parked abandoned in a remote area along Manabak Road, Barangay San Juan of San Simon town Wednesday.

Bloodstains were noticed inside the car when checked by police investigators led by Major Greg Santos, San Simon police chief.

Pizarro, according to information gathered by police investigators, checked in at Midori Hotel at Clark Freeport with an unidentified woman. It was the last place visited by the ex-CA Justice in his short stay at Clark.

Simbajon said samples of specimens lifted at Pizarro’s vehicle were submitted to the Regional Crime Laboratory Office to determine if the blood splattered inside the car belonged to the missing justice.

“Parallel investigation is being undertaken by the police and the NBI to get into the bottom of (Pizarro’s) mysterious disappearance,” said Simbajon over the phone.

Pizarro was forced to retire from the service after he was allegedly involved in various controversies, mostly work-related decisions. He was also fined P100,000 by the Supreme Court for alleged gambling offenses.

Pizarro was responsible for the release from detention of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes who was accused as brain behind the murder of a broadcast journalist in Palawan.

Pizarro also acquitted Janet Lim Napoles of a serious illegal detention case in May 2017.

He also rejected the grant of $2-billion worth of charges to victims of Human Rights during the Martial Law period.

Simbajon said investigators were scanning security cameras along the road where Pizarro’s vehicle was spotted in their effort to get a clear lead about the missing ex-justice.

Topics: Court of Appeals , Normandie Pizarro , Janet Lim Napoles , Joel Reyes , Abdres Simbajon Jr
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