PRO-7 to Mandaue police: Solve lawyer ambush case ASAP

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THE Police Regional Office (PRO)-Central Visayas ordered the Mandaue City police to solve as soon as possible the ambush of lawyer Karen Quiñanola-Gonzales and her son.

The ambush happened Thursday night, September 1, 2022, while Gonzales was driving along Hernan Cortes in Mandaue City, Cebu.

Police Lieutenant Colonel Mary Crystal Peralta, spokesperson of Police Brigadier General Roque Eduardo Vega, said the incident Thursday was a cowardly attack, considering that the victim is a female lawyer.

She said Vega has ordered the Mandaue City Police Office to conduct a thorough investigation to solve the crime as soon as possible and identify the persons behind it.

“Ang utos po ng ating regional director na si General Vega sa ating City Director na si Police Colonel Jeffrey Caballes ay ang agarang ikalulutas ng pagka baril ng mag ina,” said Peralta.

She added that as of now, Vega has not considered forming a special investigation task group (SITG) that would handle the case, as they are still waiting for the assessment of the case investigator.

One of Vega’s orders, though, was to trace where Gonzales came from and the areas she passed by before the attack happened, and to check whether she received death threats prior to the incident.

“Titingnan natin una dyan kung sino ngayon ang persons of interests, sino po yung possible na mga suspects po natin dito at higit po sa lahat para makita po natin dito kung ano po yung motibo ng pagbaril sa dalawang biktima,” said Peralta.

PRO-Central Visayas also welcomed Friday, September 2, the raising of the P50,000 reward by the Integrated Bar of the Philippines (IBP) Cebu City chapter to those who can give information that will help solve the crime.

Peralta said the reward will help in identifying the persons behind the ambush.

She also called on those who witnessed the shooting to cooperate with police in the investigation.

Police are looking into several angles, which include Gonzales’ work as head of the Business and Marketing Department of the Cebu Port Authority, her profession as a lawyer, and personal life, as possible motives in the shooting. (AYB/LMY)