Philippine National Police (PNP) Chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar on Monday ordered the creation of a special task force that would probe the killing of a doctor who ran for mayor in the 2019 elections in Pilar town, Abra.
Eleazar said the task force would ensure the speedy investigation of the death of Dr. Amor Trina Dait and vowed that all angles would be investigated to bring the perpetrators to justice.
“I have issued an order to the regional director of the Police Regional Office-CAR (Cordillera Administrative Region) to form a special investigation task group to expedite the investigation in this case,” Eleazar said in Filipino in a video message sent to reporters Monday.
Dait, a resident doctor of La Paz District Hospital, was gunned down inside her residence in Barangay Poblacion Saturday night.
Eleazar has extended his condolences to Dait’s family and assured them that he would personally follow up on the case.
“On behalf of the men and women of the PNP, I extend my sincere condolences to the medical community and the family of Dr. Amor Trina Dait. I assure you that I will personally focus on this case,” he said.
As the national and local elections draw near, Eleazar ordered police commanders to start security preparations to ensure peaceful polls.
“This incident only encouraged us to be more aggressive in our campaign against private armed groups and loose firearms to ensure the peace, honest and orderly conduct of the elections in the next year,” Eleazar said.
Residents in the area are urged to provide more information about the incident and possible suspects.