CCPO still wait­ing for Crame’s re­port about slain cop’s back­ground

Cebu Daily News - - NEWS - by Nes­tle L. Semilla RE­PORTER

THE Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice (CPPO) could not yet as­cer­tain if the po­lice­man killed in last Fri­day’s dar­ing noon­time am­bush in Tal­isay City was the same per­son on Pres­i­dent Duterte’s narco-list.

Se­nior Supt. Manuel Abru­gena, CPPO di­rec­tor, said that they are still val­i­dat­ing if PO3 Mic­a­hel Santino Cortes and PO2 Michael C or tez who was on Duterte’s list of narco cops, are one and the same.

Abru­gena said that they are seek­ing the help of the Philip­pine Na­tional Po­lice (PNP) head­quar­ters in Camp Crame to de­ter­mine if the slain po­lice­man was in­volved in il­le­gal drugs.

Pres­i­dent Duterte re­leased his list of al­leged narco cops in Au­gust 2016.

The fam­ily of Cortes how­ever, de­nied the al­le­ga­tion and in­sisted he was just a vic­tim of mis­taken iden­tity.

The fam­ily said that the name on Duterte’s list was spelled as Michael Cortez while their rel­a­tive’s name is Mic­a­hel Santino Cortes.

Abru­gena said that they have re­ferred the mat­ter to Camp Crame and will just wait for the lat­ter to come up with a clar­i­fi­ca­tion.

Mean­while, Supt. Marlu Conag, Tal­isay City Po­lice chief, said that they are now look­ing into three pos­si­ble mo­tives be­hind the am­bush of Cortes which also claimed the lives of three oth­ers.

“Tin­u­tum­bok po natin ’yung drug-re­lated, gam­bling-re­lated, at saka per­sonal grudge,” said Conag.

(We are look­ing into drugs, gam­bling and per­sonal grudge as pos­si­ble mo­tives)

Conag said that it is pos­si­ble that some of the drug sus­pects ar­rested by Cortes were seek­ing re­venge.

On the is­sue of gam­bling and per­sonal grudge, Conag said that they have re­ceived re­ports that the slain cop is fond of cock­fight­ing.

In fact, a fight­ing cock was found alive in­side the bul­let-rid­dled car of Cortes dur­ing Fri­day’s am­bush.

Ac­cord­ing to wit­nesses, Cortes, his driver Den­nis Patiluna and a com­pan­ion iden­ti­fied as Jose Soroño were eat­ing lunch at a road­side eatery in Lag­tang when a white van ar­rived and be­gan shoot­ing the vic­tims.

The three were able to board their Kia Sorento but was chased by the sus­pects in the van along with a mo­tor­cy­cle boarded by two men.

Some 120 me­ters from the eatery, the life­less bod­ies of Cortes and Soroño were found in­side the bul­let-rid­dled Kia Sorento while the body of Patiluna was found sprawled on the pave­ment.

A scav­enger, Cres­en­ciana Ranghus who was in the area col­lect­ing scraps to sell, was also killed.

In a re­port sub­mit­ted by the Crime Lab­o­ra­tory in Cen­tral Visayas, op­er­a­tives re­cov­ered 36 slugs of cal­iber 5.56mm, 11 slugs of cal­iber .45 and a cal­iber .45 pis­tol at the eatery and at the spot where Cortes’ car was found.

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