The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has ascertained that the cadaver found last October in Tarlac was that of retired Court of Appeals Normandie Pizarro who had gone missing that same month.
The killers had chopped off the right hand and the fingers on the left hand.
NBI spokesman Ferdinand Lavin said the confirmation was announced after DNA testing was conducted on the mutilated cadaver – that had a bullet hole at the back of the right ear – by their forensics team.
Pizarro, according to reports, was last seen alive on CCTV last October 23 while exiting a hotel in Clark Freeport. His abandoned car was later discovered in San Simon, Pampanga.
Lavin said probers are trying to determine the motive behind the gruesome murder, and are looking at four persons-of-interest.
Pizarro is known for several controversial decisions, including the junking of the case against former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes who was accused of killing noted environmentalist Gerry Ortega (which was reversed).
In 2018, Pizarro reaffirmed a CA decision rejecting the grant of $2 billion compensation to martial law victims of former President Marcos.