CCPO pur­sues leads in lawyer­coun­cilor am­bush

Cebu City Po­lice Of­fice (CCPO) Di­rec­tor, Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent Joel Do­ria said that they have iden­ti­fied a per­son of in­ter­est and are fol­low­ing sev­eral leads in the shoot­ing of Tubu­ran town coun­cilor and lawyer Renante Dela Cerna.

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Dela Cerna was shot at by uniden­ti­fied gun­men rid­ing a mo­tor­cy­cle in Si­tio Cadauhan, Barangay Talam­ban on Wed­nes­day evening. Dela Cerna sus­tained four gun­shot wounds, while the driver of the mo­tor­cy­cle he was rid­ing on was hit in the back.

“May lead tayo na nakuha, may­roon na tay­ong per­son of in­ter­est. Ang ano nalang natin is kung ito na ba ta­laga, pina­paval­i­date na natin kasi may mga in­for­ma­tion tayo na na-gather. From there, nagka­roon tayo ng fol­lowup, may nakuha na tay­ong mukha, may nakuha na tay­ong de­talye pero ku­lang pa rin,” said Do­ria.

He added that they need con­crete ev­i­dence to so­lid­ify the case against the per­son of in­ter­est.

Do­ria said that they are still val­i­dat­ing the in­for­ma­tion on that per­son and to check whether the per­son was in­deed present in the area dur­ing the shoot­ing.

An eye­wit­ness was also able to pro­vide po­lice with the plate num­ber of the mo­tor­cy­cle used, but po­lice are still con­firm­ing this re­port as there is a pos­si­bil­ity that the plate num­ber could be fake.

The po­lice are also in the process of check­ing the CCTV record­ings in the area.

Do­ria said that they are look­ing at all pos­si­ble mo­tives and also re­view­ing past cases han­dled by Dela Cerna.

On the pos­si­bil­ity that a task force will be formed to han­dle the case, Do­ria said they will look into it although he says there is no need.

“Ting­nan natin kung magpo-form ng task force kasi wala tay­ong nakik­i­tang dahi­lan para mag­task force tayo,” said Do­ria.


In­ves­ti­ga­tors ex­am­ine the scene of the am­bush against Tubu­ran coun­cilor Renante dela Cerna.

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