Who killed ‘Tiny’ Perez?
ZAMBOANGA CITY – Police and military have not released the results of their investigationn into the killing of a decorated army officer - Lieutenant Colonel Cristobal Julian Paolo Perez - who was shot several times in the head and body at the back of his house in Guiwan village in Zamboanga City.
Tiny Perez, as he was fondly called by friends and colleagues, fought the Abu Sayyaf in Basilan and Sulu provinces in the Muslim autonomous region, and one of the most respected military officers in Mindanao.
Superintendent Rogelio Alabata, the regional police spokesman, said Perez was shot by motorcycle gunmen just at the back of the Secret Recipe Restaurant.
"He was shot by motorcycle-riding suspects along at his mentioned address, particularly at the back of Secret Recipe Restaurant. Victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in head and body," Alabata told the regional newspaper Mindanao Examiner.
Alabata said police investigators recovered bullet shells fired from .45-caliber pistol in the area. The 46-year old Perez - assigned with the 1st Infantry Division in Zamboanga del Sur’s Labangan town - was rushed to hospital where he died from multiple gunshot wounds, according to the police.
No individual claimed responsibility for the killing, but Perez was one of the army’s top commanding officers who had been largely credited for the killings of two Malaysian bombers and Abu Sayyaf jihadists in the provinces during his stint with the 18th Infantry Battalion.(Ely
Members of the police SOCO (Scenes of Crime Officer) search for slugs and bullet casings in the place where Lieutenant Colonel Cristobal Julian Paolo Perez is shot several times in the head and body at the back of his house in Guiwan village in Zamboanga City on June 19, 2016. (Mindanao Examiner Photo - Ely Dumaboc)