Labor lawyer’s son shot dead

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Wednesday, February 19, 2014


A SON of a labor lawyer was shot dead by unidentified assailants on Urgello St., Barangay Sambag 2, Cebu City yesterday noon.

Richard Seno, 51, sustained gunshot wounds on his nape.

A homicide investigation revealed that Seno was reportedly accommodating a man, who pretended to be looking for a vacant apartment, but after a few seconds, he was shot in the back.

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Seno’s father, lawyer Cecilio Seno, is the vice chairman of the Associated Labor Union (ALU) and president of Vimcontu Broadcasting Corp., which owns radio station dyLA.

Richard was shot on the second floor of his three-storey apartment.

The victim’s father said he had no knowledge on the motive of the killing.

Stranger

One of the boarders, who served as a witness, said that a man asked her if there’s a vacant unit in the apartment.

The witness then told the man of a vacant room on the third floor. She informed the caretaker until Richard arrived and accommodated the supposed customer.

The gunman’s companion was waiting in the street with a motorcycle.

The witness said she proceeded to her room and saw Richard escort the man to the third floor instead.

But upon reaching the second floor, the witness heard gunshots twice.

Out of fear, she hid in her room and told the caretaker over the phone that Richard was shot.

After the incident, the gunman went down and rode on the waiting motorcycle and fled with the driver.

PO3 Lou Pagara, homicide investigator, said the gunman was wearing black striped shirt and maroon pants. He had a black sling bag.

Pagara said they are still checking possible angles on the motive of the killing.

He said he will go back to the victim’s parents to get more details on the background of the victim.

“Nakasabot ta sa sitwasyon karon nga naa pa sila sa kagul-anan og sa heath condition sa father sa victim (We understand that they are in a situation of grief),” said Pagara.

Pagara did not discount possibilities that the gunman was hired.

No enemy

Cecilio told reporters that he had no idea so far if his son had any enemy. He said Richard managed their apartments and resort in Liloan town.

Richard is the youngest of five siblings.

After the shooting, the Mobile Patrol Group, Special Weapons and Tactics (Swat), and other police station operatives immediately put up a road block, but they failed to apprehend the suspect.

Radio dyLA, in its Facebook account, condemns the killing of the son of its company president.

They appealed to authorities to solve this killing and arrest the culprits. The station also expressed its sympathy to the Seno family.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 20, 2014.

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