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Cebu City cops promise to solve radioman slay

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.

“Everyone mentioned 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 press briefing.

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 sensational crime”.

Cortes was gunned down in front of DYRB-AM radio station along N. Bacalso Avenue in Mambaling. PNA