IBP urges public to help locate lawyer’s ambush suspects

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THE Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City chapter urged the public to help locate the suspects in the shooting of Cebu Port Authority (CPA) lawyer Karen Quiñanola-Gonzales so the warrants of arrest can already be served against the perpetrators.

The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) has already identified the suspects as Richard Basalo Delibo, 42, of Sitio Mahogany, Barangay Uling, Naga City, Cebu and another person.

Gonzales was driving a car with her 19-year-old son when they were attacked along Hernan Cortes Road, Barangay Banilad, Mandaue City around 10 p.m. of September 1.

Chapter president lawyer Michelle Mendez-Palmares asked the public to report to the police any sighting of the suspects, or help provide information that would lead to their arrest.

Through public's help, the lawyers' group said it will be easier to achieve justice for Gonzales, and for Delibo, that is if he is innocent of the accusation against him.

“We are happy nga duna nay breakthrough sa case ug duna nay warrant nga iisyu. But ang among concern is ang perpetrator is still out there. We don’t know asa na siya. So we are appealing to the public to help,” Palmares said.

(We are happy that there is already a breakthrough case and a warrant that will be issued. But our concern is the perpetrator is still out there. We don't know where he is. So we are appealing to the public to help.)

The lawyers' group hoped that the suspects would be arrested before the end of September, which is a Justice Month.

According to the witness, Delibo was a former swimming coach who was the subject of several complaints from his clients for illegally terminating the contract signed for his swimming lessons.

Delibo reportedly terminated the contracts after receiving the complete payment.

Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol, MCPO deputy director for operations and spokesperson, said Gonzales happened to handle two of Delibo's cases filed by one of his victims, which were estafa and violations of Republic Act 7610, or the "Special Protection of Children Against Abuse, Exploitation, and Discrimination Act."

Oriol said the cases encouraged more of Delibo's victims to come out and file complaints against him, leading to the issuance of an arrest warrant against the swimming coach in 2021.

But Oriol said Delibo was able to post bail for his temporary liberty. (REV, TPT)