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Ex- Batangas solon, driver, aide found torched inside car in Quezon

By Gemi Formaran
January 11, 2020

SOCO personnel process the torched vahicle of former Batangas Rep. Edgar Mendoza and retreive the three charred bodies at the car's back seat. (Photo by Gemi Formaran)

TIAONG, QUEZON - A former congressman of Batangas, his driver and aide were found dead and burnt in a car at Brgy. San Francisco, this town, early Thursday.

Quezon police director Col. Audie Madrideo said the car was confirmed to be owned by former Batangas 2nd district Rep. Edgar Mendoza and the one he used when he left home with his driver Ruel Ruiz and bodyguard Nicanor Mendoza for a meeting on Wednesday morning in Calamba City, Laguna.

Madrideo said the vehicle, a Honda Civic Sedan with plate number DAN 6374 was spotted by residents burning at 12:10 a.m. along San Francisco Bridge in Brgy. San Frabcisco.

The residents reported to the police what the saw at 1:45 a.m. on thesame day.

Members of the Bureau of Fire Protection who immediately responded and contained the blaze.


Probers said the bodies which were burned beyond recognition might have been dead already before the vehicle was set on fire.

The charred bodies were placed at the car's back seat.

But pending the investigation still being conducted by Elements of SOCO and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI), Madrideo refused to confirm that the charred bodies were those of the former solon and his driver and aide.

Madrideo said he has ordered the Tiaong Police Station under Major Laurence Panganiban to dig deeper into the case.

"Although the victims were not from Quezon and it appears that they were only dumped here to mislead the investigation, I have ordered my men to conduct thorough investigation", said Madrideo.

A lawyer by profession, Mendoza, 60, was also a fomer commissioner of Bureau of Immigration and Deportation, now Bureau of Immigration. 


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