Philippines – Director General Nicanor Bartolome, chief of the Philippine National Police (PNP), has ordered the reinvestigation of the case of Dutch missionary Wilhelm Geertman who was gunned down in Angeles City in Pampanga.
This, after several groups have expressed dissatisfaction on the initial result of the probe which pointed to robbery as the motive behind the killing of the 67-year-old foreign missionary.
“I have given instruction to the regional director and the provincial director to consider other motives because there are claims, announcements pertaining to other reasons that may have caused the killing,” said Bartolome.
Last week, Geertman had just withdrawn money from the bank when two armed men approached him near his office in Angeles City and shot him at short range.
The two then allegedly took more than P1 million which is supposed to be used to finance various programs and projects of the group.
Geertman has been staying in the Philippines for more than 40 years. He was active in some advocacies particularly in improving the lives of farmers in Central Luzon. (Aaron B. Recuenco)