PCGNY seeks justice for slain Pinoy lawyer

June 20, 2022 Cristina Lee-Pisco 291 views

THE Philippine Consulate General in New York (PCGNY) on Monday urged authorities in Philadelphia “to do everything” to bring the perpetrators of the shooting incident to justice that resulted in the untimely death of a 35-year-old lawyer, John Albert Laylo.

In a statement, the Philippine Consul General in New York, Elmer Cato, said the Consulate General is in touch with police authorities and has reached out to others who may have any leads on the shooting.

“We continue to coordinate with authorities and underscored the importance the Philippine government places on this case,” Cato stressed.

The Consulate General extended its profound condolences to the family of Atty. Laylo, passed away in Philadelphia on Sunday morning.

He was pronounced dead at 10:33 a.m. EST or some 30 hours after being critically wounded in a shooting incident in University City in Philadelphia.

Cato said Laylo was declared dead an hour before they arrived with leaders of the Filipino Community at the Penn Presbyterian Medical Center, where he was taken following the shooting.

“We were able to meet his mother, Leah, and his cousin Miguel Bustamante. We comforted them in this difficult time and assured them that the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) and the Consulate will assist in repatriating her son’s remains,” the Consul General said.

Initial police reports received by the Consulate said the Uber vehicle John and his mother were riding in, a Nissan Altima, was fired upon from behind by unknown suspects on board a Nissan Maxima while along 38th Street and Spruce Street.

The still unknown suspects then pulled alongside the driver’s side of the Altima and fired more rounds before fleeing.

The shooting incident happened around five minutes after John and his mother left his cousin Miguel’s apartment for the airport.

John was struck in the head by one of several bullets that were fired into the Altima. His mother was slightly wounded by glass fragments.