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WATCH | NBI probing gunslaying of QC prosecutor Mingoa - DOJ chief Aguirre

The NBI's main headquarters on Taft Avenue, Manila. The premier investigative body was tasked to probe the murder of QC prosecutor Noel Mingoa in the wee hours of Wednesday (Jan. 11, 2017). INTERAKSYON.COM FILE PHOTO
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MANILA - Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II on Wednesday directed the National Bureau of Investigation to probe the assassination of Quezon City Prosecutor Noel Mingoa, whom he described as a "very good man and a very competent litigator."

Before becoming prosecutor, Mingoa was in private practice, as one of the associate lawyers of Aguirre. 

In a text message, Aguirre said: "He was one of my associate lawyers, a very good man and a very competent litigator."

The DOJ chief added, "I already asked the NBI to conduct an investigation and apprehend the perpetrator/s of this heinous crime."

Mingoa was shot dead early Wednesday morning along Commonwealth Avenue in Barangay Old Balara, Quezon City, with initial reports saying the gunman got off a black car and shot him repeatedly as he spoke on the phone while standing outside a restaurant.

Chief Superintendent Guillermo Eleazar, director of the Quezon City Police District, said 14 empty shells of a .45-caliber pistol were recovered at the scene of the crime.

Eleazar said they are looking at possible motives for Mingoa’s killing such as a business transaction in which he was involved in or his job as city prosecutor.

A review of the text messages on Mingoa’s cell phone showed that he had business dealings with three persons whom he met shortly before he was killed.

The three are now considered “persons of interest” by the police.

Eleazar said Mingoa was supposedly trying to collect payment in dollars for a P3-million investment but was only given fake dollars.

The Quezon City police now has a composite sketch of the gunman, based on the description of a witness.