PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – Officials from the Republic of the Philippines are in Philadelphia on Tuesday following the murder of John Albert Lello, a prominent public prosecutor in the Philippines. That country’s top diplomats spoke exclusively to CBS3 while searching for answers.
Consulate General Elmer Cato and police officers from the Embassy of the Philippines meet with Mayor Jim Kenney in Philadelphia. They are here to express their anger, frustration and concern.
Development: The Consulate General of the Republic of the Philippines Elmer Cato and the Embassy of the Philippines Police are now meeting with Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney following the weekend murder of John Albert Lello, a prominent public prosecutor. @CBSPhilly pic.twitter.com/4fI4opzuR5
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Before meeting with the mayor, top diplomats representing the Philippines met exclusively with CBS3. His journey deals with the murder of Lalo, a prominent public prosecutor.
“We are here basically to express the family’s request for justice,” said Consul General Elmer Cato. “We requested the mayor and the police commissioner to meet and we are happy that they will receive us today.”
The sit-in with Philadelphia officials comes three days after police said someone had shot at an Uber that Lelo and his mother were taking to Philadelphia International Airport.
Police told CBS3 on Monday night that they believe the shooter may have fired into the wrong car – what they say is a case of mistaken identity.
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“In this case, it’s really unfortunate for John and his mother,” Cato said. “We hope that the authorities will do everything possible to nab a suspect and bring him to justice. That’s the message we want to convey to the city leadership.”
It is expected that Lalo’s remains can be sent back to the Philippines next week.
In his first news conference after another violent weekend in the city, Kenny was asked by CBS3 what his message was to diplomatic officials representing the Philippines.
“It was sad. They were very upset,” Kenny said. “The community is very upset. You don’t expect to go on vacation and not come home.”
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