PIB to probe Dela Cerna shoot­ing

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - ISIC /COR­RE­SPON­DENT BENJIE TAL-

THE pro­vin­cial po­lice are do­ing a par­al­lel in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the am­bush of Tubu­ran coun­cilor and lawyer Rey­nante Dela Cerna.

Supt. Joie Yape Jr., Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice Pro­vin­cial In­tel­li­gence Branch chief, said that they would in­ves­ti­gate the shoot­ing in­ci­dent af­ter Chief Supt. Jose Mario Espino, Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice chief, or­dered them to look into the at­tack.

Espino was re­fer­ring to the shoot­ing and wound­ing of lawyer Dela Cerna last Wed­nes­day in Si­tio Cada­joan, Barangay Talam­ban.

Dela Cerna was rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle for hire when two gun­men, wear­ing bon­nets, on another mo­tor­cy­cle shot him.

Espino or­dered the sep­a­rate in­ves­ti­ga­tion be­cause the vic­tim is a for­mer vice mayor and in­cum­bent town coun­cilor of Tubu­ran, and po­lice had yet to iden­tify the per­pe­tra­tors of the at­tack.

Yape said that he would only do some back­ground check­ing, and he had al­ready sent his men to in­ter­view Dela Cerna.

Dela Cerna, how­ever, re­mains con­fined in the hos­pi­tal be­cause of the wounds he suf­fered from the shoot­ing.

Mean­while Yape, who is also the con­cur­rent Po­lice Sta­tion chief of Ronda town, is hop­ing that a leader of an armed group in the town will sur­ren­der soon.

Yape said that he was hop­ing that this would hap­pen since the leader of the ri­val armed group had sur­ren­dered last week.

Jeric “AAY” Tor­res, who told CEBU DAILY NEWS in an in­ter­view that he had killed at least two per­sons, sur­ren­dered to Yape.

Fran­cisco Om­boy, a rel­a­tive of Tor­res and a leader of one of the armed groups in the town, is Tor­res ri­val.

Yape said he hoped that Om­boy would also sur­ren­der in a month’s time with Tor­res giv­ing him­self up to po­lice.

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