State lawyer slain; suspect nabbed

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COTABATO CITY — Police arrested the half-brother of a lady state prosecutor hours after she was gunned down in Barangay Aplaya, Digos City in the Southern Philippines on Monday afternoon.

Lt. Col. Florante S. Retes, Digos City police chief, told reporters on Tuesday that they are preparing to charge the half-brother of Eleanor P. dela Peña, the assistant provincial prosecutor in Davao Occidental, as the prime suspect in her killing.

Mr. Retes said witnesses had positively identified the suspect as the gunman who shot and killed the 54-year-old state prosecutor inside her Ford Raptor pick-up truck.

He said relatives and friends of Ms. Dela Peña confirmed that she and her half-brother were locked in a dispute over a family-owned parcel of land somewhere in Davao del Sur. — John Felix M. Unson