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Nearly six months af­ter the am­bush that killed Cebu City Er­mita Barangay Cap­tain Feli­cisimo “Imok” Rupinta, some mem­bers of Barug Team Rama will turn over to the po­lice the P300,000 bounty they’ve raised.

A day af­ter Rupinta was slain, some mem­bers of the op­po­si­tion promised to raise a re­ward for any­one who can pro­vide in­for­ma­tion lead­ing to the ar­rest of the as­sailants.

The vil­lage chief, an ally of the group, was killed in an am­bush in Liloan town last Nov. 23.

Po­lice ar­rested a cer­tain Jimmy Largo, an al­leged ex-con­vict, in Barangay Er­mita, near the Car­bon Pub­lic Mar­ket on Fri­day evening, Nov. 24. The sec­ond sus­pect, iden­ti­fied as Jor­dan Gera, was caught last Dec. 1. Gera, an ex-con­vict and an al­leged mem­ber of Batang Cebu 45 of the Cebu City Jail, was ar­rested in Barangay Ju­gan, Con­so­la­cion.

Three weeks later, the Po­lice Re­gional Of­fice (PRO) 7 filed mur­der and at­tempted mur­der charges against the al­leged mas­ter­mind in the am­bush-slay. The Re­gional In­tel­li­gence Divi­sion filed last Dec. 27 their com­plaint against Wine­fredo Miro, op­er­a­tions chief of the Cebu City Mar­ket Of­fice.

In an in­ter­view yes­ter­day, Coun­cilor Joel Gar­gan­era said they have col­lec­tively de­cided to turn over to PRO 7 the amount since it’s the agency over­see­ing the case.

Coun­cilor Ray­mond Alvin Gar­cia said that the po­lice did an “ex­cep­tional job” in find­ing the al­leged per­pe­tra­tors of the at­tack.

“As such, it is them who de­serve the fi­nan­cial aid. We hope that the wheels of jus­tice will turn faster than usual for those mas­ter­minds who are not yet in cus­tody but who have al­ready been iden­ti­fied,” he said.

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