Gun­men mur­der USTP pres­i­dent out­side home

Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro - - Front Page - By Jo Ann Sablad

The pres­i­dent of the Univer­sity of Science and Technology of South­ern Philip­pines (USTP) was mur­dered out­side his home by at least 2 gun­men at about 1 am early Sun­day, De­cem­ber 2.

Po­lice said Dr. Ri­cardo E. Ro­toras, 50 years old, sus­tained 8 gun­shot wounds from a cal­iber .45 pis­tol.

“Sa among pag­susi sa iya­hang ex­ter­nal por­tion sa iyang lawas naa siya’y walo ka igo sa bala pi­nusi­lan, sa part sa iyang ulo, sa iyang abaga ug sa dinhi sa iyang kilid, duha ka kilid niya ug then nay gitawag nato dinhi dapit sa iyang dapi-dapi, then sa left nga por­tion sa iyang tiil (Dur­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion, the vic­tim sus­tained eight gun­shot wounds in his head, chest, both of his side, his butt cheeks, and in his left leg),” Se­nior Po­lice Of­fi­cer 4 Paul Jean Rag­mac, head of the Scene of the Crime op­er­a­tives-North­ern Min­danao, said.

Po­lice in­ves­ti­ga­tors were able to re­trieve four slugs and six empty shells from Ro­toras’ house at Cy­press Street, Golden Glow North, Up­per Car­men.

Jonathan Khobuntin, 44, res­i­dent of Molu­gan, El Sal­vador and the per­sonal driver of Ro­toras for 9 years, said they had just come from a party when the in­ci­dent hap­pened.

“Pag naog ni sir, sa ilang balay sa gate gyud, rou­tine na­man gyud namo nang inag naog niya e abante nako ang sakyanan kay akong epark­ing og tarong at­bang sa iyang balay, pag abante nako naka abante sig­uro ko og 10-15 me­ters naa koy nadung­gan nga buto duha, sir­ado man kaayo ang Mon­tero, pag­ba­lik nako sa agi naigo sa akong suga hapa na si sir, ku­lob na (After Ro­toras got off the car in front of his house gate, its our rou­tine that when he get off the car, I will park the car in front of his house. When I drove the car

for 10 to 15 me­ters, I heard two gun­shots. I saw sir Ro­toras lying face-down),” Khobuntin said.

Wit­nesses saw two per­sons walk­ing away from Ro­toras and fled to­ward an un­known di­rec­tion on board a wait­ing black pick-up.

Ro­toras was rushed to JR Borja Hos­pi­tal where he was pro­nounced dead by physi­cians.

Speak­ing to re­porters yes­ter­day, Ca­gayan de Oro City Po­lice Of­fice (Cocpo) Di­rec­tor Robert Roy Bahian said a spe­cial in­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group Ro­toras has been formed to in­ves­ti­gate the mur­der and to ap­pre­hend those re­spon­si­ble.

Task Group Ro­toras is be­ing headed Deputy City Di­rec­tor for Op­er­a­tions Jo­ram Ju­malon, Bahian said.

Bahian said they have also re­quested the help of the Na­tional Bureau of In­ves­ti­ga­tion (NBI) and the Crim­i­nal In­ves­ti­ga­tion and De­tec­tion Group-North­ern Min­danao.

The shoot­ing in­ci­dent is said to be planned based on the ev­i­dences re­trieved by the po­lice and the state­ments of the wit­nesses.

The fam­ily of the vic­tim also told in­ves­ti­ga­tors that Ro­toras re­ceived death threats.

Po­lice Chief In­spec­tor Mardy Hor­tillosa II, Cocpo spokesman, said they are look­ing into the sev­eral an­gles and pos­si­ble mo­tives in the case, adding that they were able to ac­quire CCTV footage and was able to find wit­nesses.

Hor­tillosa de­clined to re­veal other de­tails to avoid com­pro­mis­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

In a Face­book post by Mari­cel Rivera, City In­for­ma­tion Of­fice head, City Mayor Os­car Moreno an­nounced that he has asked the help of Jus­tice Sec­re­tary Vi­tal­iano Aguirre and the NBI for the speedy res­o­lu­tion of the case. The mayor is also in close co­or­di­na­tion with the Cocpo.

Moreno also ex­pressed his deep­est con­do­lences to the fam­ily say­ing that “this is very sad and a great loss to the aca­demic com­mu­nity and Min­danao.”

On Mon­day, De­cem­ber 4, USTP stu­dents were ad­vised to wear black shirts to pay trib­ute to the slain univer­sity pres­i­dent.

A state­ment from the Of­fice of Stu­dent Af­fairs (OSA) an­nounced that there will be a gath­er­ing at the gym­na­sium after the flag cer­e­mony on Mon­day, De­cem­ber 4, where fac­ulty, stu­dents, and non-aca­demic per­son­nel will of­fer one thou­sand flow­ers for the slain univer­sity pres­i­dent. The OSA said build­ings in­side the univer­sity will also dis­play black cloth as a sign of be­reave­ment.

Pro­file pic­tures in Face­book ac­counts of mem­bers of the USTP com­mu­nity were also changed into black to sym­pa­thize with the Ro­toras fam­ily.

Ro­toras has just been re-elected for the fourth time as USTP pres­i­dent.

Ro­toras was also the pres­i­dent of the Philip­pine As­so­ci­a­tion of State Uni­ver­si­ties and Col­leges.

With a re­port from Kris Sialana Cu­bico, Su­per­balita CDO

(NEF LUCSON)

In this file photo, doc­tor Ri­cardo Ro­toras, Univer­sity of Science and Technology of South­ern Philip­pines (USTP) pres­i­dent, was shot dead by an uniden­ti­fied sus­pect.

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