THE top police official
in Cebu City has vowed to
solve the series of shooting
incidents, including the assassination of veteran radio
broadcaster Renato “Rey”
Cortes on Thursday.
Cebu City Police Office
(CCPO) chief Col. Josefino
Ligan said they recorded at
least 15 shooting incidents
in July alone, mostly taking
place at nighttime.
“Our directive to the
police station chiefs is to focus on the 15 shooting incidents; seven of them
are drug-related. A SITG (special investigation task group) is formed to focus
on the case of Rey Cortes,” Ligan said in a radio interview.
He added that the
investigating team will review and assess previous broadcasts of Cortes hoping
to find leads for possible motives.
in his program, including politicians and all those who have roles in
maintaining his commentary program, we consider them all for the review,” said
Lt. Colonel Wilbert Parilla, CCPO deputy chief for operations, during Friday’s
Ligan added they will
decipher the kind of bullets used in killing Cortes as well as the type of
firearm, citing a theory that the broadcaster was killed by a sniper.
The regional crime
laboratory is yet to release the result of the autopsy on the victim, which can
lend investigators a hand in determining which gun was used, Parilla said
On Thursday, the Cebu
Citizens-Press Council (CCPC), in a statement, called for a thorough
investigation on the murder of Cortes, describing the incident as “heinous and
Cortes was gunned down in front of DYRB-AM radio
station along N. Bacalso Avenue in Mambaling. PNA