Blanco to be buried, sus­pects still un­known

The Freeman - - NEWS -

Ronda mayor Mar­i­ano Blanco III will be laid to rest to­day, but the ques­tion on who were the peo­ple be­hind his vi­o­lent death re­mains un­solved.

Po­lice Supt. Janette Rafter, Pub­lic In­for­ma­tion Of­fi­cer of Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice, told The FREE­MAN that, un­til now, the Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group (SITG) Blanco is still on the process of elim­i­nat­ing the per­sons of in­ter­est that they have.

She admit­ted that the slow in­ves­ti­ga­tion is not only be­cause of the wit­nesses who failed to de­scribe the four men who barged in the mu­nic­i­pal hall dawn of Septem­ber 5, but also the absence of closed cir­cuit tele­vi­sion in­stalled in­side and around the area.

Blanco, who has been tagged by Pres­i­dent Ro­drigo Duterte as a narco-politi­cian, has, at times, been sleep­ing in the mu­nic­i­pal hall and has al­tered his daily rou­tine.

Rafter clar­i­fied that they have not re­ceived a mem­o­ran­dum with re­gards to the pro­nounce­ment of PNP Chief Os­car Al­bay­alde, who or­dered the cre­ation of a Na­tional In­ves­ti­ga­tion Task Group to mon­i­tor on the de­vel­op­ment of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion made by the SITG in­volv­ing deaths of lo­cal chief ex­ec­u­tives.

“Wala pa mi kabasa, wala pa mi na­hata­gan og spe­cific, pero pro­nounce­ment na to ni chief PNP. Await­ing pa mi sa com­mu­ni­ca­tion, un­say flow ani,” Rafter said.

Mean­while, Rafter an­nounced that the Ronda Po­lice sta­tion will pro­vide se­cu­rity on the burial of the slain mayor.

“There will be a max­i­mum de­ploy­ment con­sid­er­ing they will also be added by force mul­ti­pli­ers,” Rafter said.

Blanco was a dis­tant rel­a­tive of lawyer and Ronda vice mayor Jon­nah John Ungab, who was killed in an am­bush in Cebu City last Fe­bru­ary 19.

Cebu Pro­vin­cial Po­lice Of­fice Di­rec­tor Manuel Abru­gena had said that they are not dis­count­ing the re­la­tion of the death of the top two of­fi­cials of Ronda, Cebu.

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