Po­lice face blank wall in lawyer’s shoot­ing

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Nes­tle L. Semilla, Fe Marie D. Dum­aboc

PO­LICE still have no leads as to the as­sailants of Tubu­ran Coun­cilor, lawyer Renante dela Cerna or the mo­tive be­hind the shoot­ing.

Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice di­rec­tor, Se­nior Supt. Joel Do­ria said they are in­clined to be­lieve that the shoot­ing may have some­thing to do with his work as a lawyer, although they are also look­ing into all pos­si­ble an­gles.

“Tin­ing­nan natin ang an­gulo dun, pos­si­ble yung sa pagka- lawyer nya , may mga sen­si­tive na ka­song na- han­dle siya . Tinit­ing­nan din natin yung be­ing a coun­cilor ng tubu­ran, so la­hat yan, sin­isilip natin, kung saan tayo makakakuha ng ma­g­a­n­dang lead,” Do­ria said.

(We are look­ing at a pos­si­ble an­gle of his be­ing a lawyer. He has han­dled sen­si­tive cases. We’re also look­ing into his be­ing a Tubu­ran coun­cilor. We’re look­ing into all pos­si­ble an­gles where we will get a good lead.)

At around 7 p.m. last Wed­nes­day, dela Cerna, who was on his way home on board a mo­tor­cy­cle-for-hire, was shot sev­eral times by two men on board an­other mo­tor­cy­cle in Barangay Talam­ban.

SPO1 Win­ston Ybañez said that dela Cerna sus­tained five gun shot wounds on his up­per body and pelvis.

Rom­mel Mante, the driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle­for-hire, was also wounded in the at­tack but was in sta­ble con­di­tion.

Ybañez said dela Cerna was with his sixyear-old daugh­ter but luck­ily, the daugh­ter was not wounded.

Ybañez said that ac­cord­ing to the vic­tim, the two sus­pects were wear­ing ski masks.

Do­ria said that un-

like in an am­bush where the as­sailants lie in wait un­til their vic­tim passes be­fore at­tack­ing him, Dela Cerna was be­ing tailed by his as­sailants and was shot near his house.

“Ac­tu­ally parang dun lang nagka­roon ng pagkakataon kasi parang tinar­get ta­laga sya, kasi kung am­bush yun, na­gaan­tay na, parang lumal- abas na­sun­dan ehh. Sig­uro dun lang nakakita ng pagkakataon, dun gi­nawa yung kremin,” he added.

(It seemed the sus­pects only got the chance to shoot him in that place. He was al­ready the tar­get. If that was an am­bush, they should have waited for him to pass by.)

Dela Cerna has been trans­ferred to an­other hos- pital and is be­ing guarded by Cebu City po­lice­men to se­cure his safety.

In­ves­ti­ga­tors have in­ter­viewed pos­si­ble wit­nesses, said Do­ria. He also as­sured that the iden­tity of pos­si­ble wit­nesses would be con­fi­den­tial and that they would be pro­tected.

They are also check­ing if there are CCTV cam­eras near the crime scene.

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