Fatal ambush

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Sunday, May 25, 2014


A 44-YEAR-OLD businesswoman was shot dead on a tricycle under the flyover in Maguikay, Mandaue City last Friday night.

Police investigators said an unidentified gunman approached the woman, identified as Imelda Tio Yu, and shot her in the chest past 6 p.m.

Yu was the manager of the Sun Gold Enterprises in Subangdaku, Mandaue City, according to the police. The firm sells home and office furniture.
The bullet exited from her right hip and hit the driver, identified as Roger Calumba, in the hip. The gunman fired a second time and hit another passenger, identified as Arnel Juanite, in the knee.

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Motive

The president of the Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry (MCCI) yesterday called on Mayor Jonas Cortes to act immediately in solving the attack.

“We need to know the motive (of the killing), whether it’s personal or business, and why the perpetrators took the law into their hands. It’s very alarming,” said Philip Tan. Tan owns Well Made Corp. and also serves as district secretary of the Rotary International District 3860.

He suggested that if the Philippine National Police (PNP) cannot solve the crime immediately for one reason or another, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and other law enforcement and investigation agencies must help.

The victims were taken to the Mandaue City District Hospital around 6:50 p.m. But Yu, who was hit in her chest, was declared dead a few minutes past 8 p.m., while Calumba and Juanite were transferred to the Vicente Sotto Memorial Medical Center in Cebu City.

SPO3 Marcos Noval Jr. of the Mandaue City Police Office Investigation and Detection Management Branch said they suspect that the culprit, who fled on a motorcycle, was a hired killer.

He declined to disclose more details about the suspect, whom they continue to search for.

Daily routine

“We are looking at some angles, but we can’t divulge these for now,” Noval said in a phone interview, adding that he and other investigators have yet to talk at length with the victim’s family members.

Investigators said that Yu, who lived in Maguikay, left her office in Subangdaku past 5 p.m. and rode a jeepney to Maguikay.

She stopped at a satellite market near the flyover, located at the corner of M.C. Briones and A.C. Cortes, and bought some vegetables, as was reportedly her routine.

She then rode the tricycle, occupying the seat behind the driver. The tricyle was temporarily stopping under the flyover to pick up passengers when the attack happened.

Noval said Yu was seated between the driver and another passenger. The tricycle had six passengers.

A witness saw the gunman ride a black XRM motorcycle driven by another man, said Noval. They drove off on A.C. Cortes St.

Police recovered a slug and an empty shell from a .45 pistol and the victim’s pouch, which contained a few coins, money bills and bits of paper.

Robbery ruled out

Noval said the victim was not bringing a phone or any other valuables, leading them to discount robbery as the motive of the killing.

Investigators had to call a phone number written on a piece of paper found inside the pouch to identify the victim. The number turned out to be that of one of the victim’s employees.

Her body was submitted for autopsy.

Family members told investigators it had been the victim’s routine to commute in going home, dropping by the market near the flyover to buy some groceries.

“We hope to give justice to the victim and we don’t want this case to be part of the unsolved killings in Cebu. That’s why I am calling on Mayor Cortes, the NBI and other groups to focus on this case,” Tan said.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on May 25, 2014.

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