The death of retired Court of Appeals (CA) justice Normandie Pizarro has been confirmed with his recovered body in Tarlac matching his DNA, according to the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).
Justice Undersecretary Adrian Sugay confirmed that the body found in Tarlac was that of the missing magistrate who had gone missing since late October.
“Yes, based on DNA results,” he said. He added Pizarro “was last seen at a casino in Clark last 23 October.”
“He last spoke with one of his sons on October 23 at around 11:30 to 12 noon,” Sugay said.
Pizarro’s body was found in a secluded quarry site in Barangay Lawy in Capas, Tarlac on 30 October after his car was found in San Simon, Pampanga.
The deceased magistrate has a string of controversies.
In 2018, Pizarro was fined P100,000 by the Supreme Court for his gambling addiction.
Pizzaro retired in 2018 and was the one who penned in May 2017 the controversial decision to acquit alleged pork barrel mastermind Janet Lim-Napoles in her serious illegal detention case.
He was also the ponente for the acquittal of former Palawan governor Joel Reyes in the murder of Gerry Ortega, a known environmentalist and broadcaster.
Furthermore, he dismissed the Hawaii court ruling for the $2-billion worth of compensation supposed to be awarded to Martial Law human rights victims. SOVEREIGNPH