Confirmed: Samar Judge Named by President Duterte as Drug Lord Protector, Killed in 2008

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The judge from Samar who was one of the seven judges named by President Rodrigo Duterte as suspected drug lord protectors is already dead. After we did some research on the list of names mentioned by the president this Sunday, we learned that Judge Roberto Navidad of Regional Trial Court 32 in Calbayog City, Samar has died 8 years ago.

According to a report at Philippine Information Agency (PIA) on January 16, 2008, Judge Roberto Navidad was shot dead by an unidentified gunman Monday, January 15, 2008 at around 7:10 pm, at Gomez St. corner Rosales Blvd., in front of Nijaga Park at Barangay Central, Calbayog City, as told by Eastern Visayas police director Chief Superintendent Abner Cabalquinto.

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Witnesses said that the lone suspect escaped by foot to a nearby barangay, also in the same city. According to the same report, Judge Navidad went to Mercury Drug to buy medicines that time. He was about to leave the area and started the engine of his his black Nissan Patrol when the suspect appeared from nowhere and shot him with a caliber .45 pistol.

The suspect was described as wearing a black jacket and a ball cap, about 5 feet 4 inches tall, and has medium body built. To help Calbayog police in the manhunt operation against the killer, Cabalquinto said he created Task Force Navidad. But up to this moment, the killer of Judge Navidad, who was 69 years old at that time, remains unknown as well as the motive.

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Nevertheless, Elias Navidad Acosta, Judge Nativad’s nephew who works as court sheriff at the Regional Trial Court-Branch 7 in Calbayog City told Inquirer that his uncle was never a drug lord protector. Judge Navidad served 5 years at Regional Trial Court 32 before he was killed and was elected as mayor of MacArthur town mayor from 1972 to 1979.

“That is a big lie. The reason why he was shot to death was because he fought with the drug lords in Calbayog City. He was my uncle. I know him from head to foot. He was not a drug protector. He was a drug eliminator or a drug buster. That is why he was shot dead by these syndicates.” Elias Navidad Acosta said of his slain uncle.