Mandaue cops still waiting for warrant vs. suspects involved in CPA lawyer’s ambush

THE Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) is still waiting for the release of the arrest warrant against one of the suspects behind the ambush of Cebu Port Authority (CPA) lawyer Karen Quiñanola-Gonzales and her 19-year-old son.

This was what Lieutenant Colonel Franco Rudolf Oriol, MCPO’s deputy director for operations and spokesperson, told SunStar Cebu on Friday, Nov. 4, 2022, or just two months after the ambush incident.

Oriol said they are ready to serve the warrant of arrest once issued by the local court against Richard Basalo Delibo also known as “Coach Ricky.” Delibo, a former swimming coach from the City of Naga in southern Cebu, was one of two suspects identified to have been involved in Gonzales’ ambush.

The MCPO spokesperson, however, said Delibo’s cohort was still unidentified.

Oriol earlier said the footage, the witnesses’ statements, and other corroborating pieces of evidence were used as basis to file charges against Delibo and his cohort before the Mandaue City Prosecutor’s Office on Sept. 16.

According to witnesses, Delibo reportedly was the subject of several complaints from his clients for illegally terminating the contracts signed for his swimming lessons after receiving the complete payment.

Oriol 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.

Delibo, however, was able to post bail for his temporary liberty.

According to Oriol, Delibo held a grudge against Gonzales and even blamed her for allegedly bankrupting his business.