Rainy day goodbye: Slain lawmaker laid to rest

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Dec 31 2018 02:32 PM | Updated as of Dec 31 2018 03:47 PM

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MANILA – Family, friends and supporters bid goodbye to slain Ako Bicol Party-list Representative Rodel Batocabe on a rainy New Year’s Eve in Daraga, Albay.

Batocabe was buried at 12:25 p.m. at the Daraga Catholic Cemetery in Albay. His interment was attended by hundreds of supporters despite bad weather.

Prior to his burial, his flag-draped casket was first brought to the Our Lady of the Gate Parish for a requiem mass officiated by Bishop Joel Baylon. 

Rainy day goodbye: Slain lawmaker laid to rest

Rainy day goodbye: Slain lawmaker laid to rest

Rainy day goodbye: Slain lawmaker laid to rest

President Rodrigo Duterte and his colleagues in Congress condemned the killing and raised a P50-million reward for those who would provide information that would lead to the arrest of the Bicolano politician's killers.

Authorities earlier said the killing could be politically motivated, as Batocabe was running for the mayoralty seat in Daraga town in the 2019 midterm polls.

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Last week, police released computerized facial composite of two men allegedly involved in the congressman's killing.

- With report from Thea Omelan, ABS-CBN News