MANILA -- The Department of Justice (DOJ) has ordered an investigation into the killing of Batuan, Masbate Vice Mayor Charlie Yuson III earlier this month, its spokesman said Sunday.
On Oct. 9, Yuson was ambushed while he was having breakfast with 2 companions at an eatery in Sampaloc, Manila. The vice mayor died, while 2 two others were wounded.
Four suspects in his killing were arrested the next day but were also subsequently released by the Manila City Prosecutor. The Yuson family said they would refile murder charges against the suspects.
Yuson was the 20th local government official killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016.