A female judge was shot inside her office at the Manila Regional Trial Court (RTC) Wednesday afternoon reportedly by her clerk of court. 

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Tensions rise as people inside Manila City Hall were instructed to vacate the building after the shooting incident involving Branch 45 Judge Maria Teresa Abadilla inside her office on Wednesday (JANSEN ROMERO / MANILA BULLETIN)

Police identified the victim as Manila RTC Branch 45 Judge Theresa Abadilla, 44.  The suspect was identified as lawyer Amador Rebato, 42, a clerk of court at the said branch.

According to a police report, Abadilla and Rebato were inside Abadilla’s office at the fifth floor of the Manila City Hall at around 2:45 p.m. when employees heard a gunshot inside Abadilla’s office. 

The Manila Police District-Special Mayor’s Reaction (MPD-SMaRT) said the suspect shot himself after shooting the victim.

A video obtained by Manila Bulletin showed a bloodied Rebato slumped on a seat.  

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