Police, NBI 7 check suspects in King’s slay

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


CEBU - Several people were angry at slain businessman Richard King, according to the Davao City Police.

But King never asked for police protection, said Insp. Isagani Bavirt Bajao, assistant chief of the Regional Protection and Escort Unit 7. He said seven businessmen in Central Visayas have requested for police escorts, but King was not among them.

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) 7 has created a team to conduct a separate investigation on the case.

Davao City Police Office Director Vicente Danao said their investigation revealed that King ran into conflict with some persons in Cebu, Boracay and Davao, where he has business ventures. He did not elaborate.

Danao said the police have a sketch of the suspect based on witnesses’ accounts. He declined to give Sun.Star Cebu a copy so as not to hamper the police investigation on the death of King, who was shot by a lone gunman on June 12 during the closing of a wellness training in Davao City.

List

“We will release the facial composite later because for now we are still checking on a few identities,” Danao said. He added that the police also have a list of names of persons who may be involved in King’s death.

Danao said the police also checked King’s cellular phone for leads.

Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) 7 Director Ritchie Posadas said the King family is cooperating with the police in the investigation.

King was chairman and chief executive officer of J. King & Sons Co. Inc., developer of Crown Regency, Club Ultima and the City Suites Ramos Tower. He was also the founder and Director of Boracay Multiple Properties Inc. and invested in the distribution of a food supplement.

The King family offered P200,000 while Davao City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte put up P300,000 as reward for those who can give information leading to the arrest of the gunman.

Posadas said the reward money would motivate informants to help the police.

Reward

But Cebu City Mayor Michael Rama has reservations about giving cash rewards in solving crimes.

“In Cebu City, we’re not encouraging rewards,” he said. Instead, the mayor urged the police to speed up the investigation on the case.

Last night, Rama visited the wake of King and talked with some members of the businessman’s family.

The mayor noted several contributions King made to the city.

“He has been a partner in making the city more attractive and we recognize his effort in promoting tourism,” Rama said.

He cited King’s donation of two chandeliers for the City Hall. He said the 40-storey Crown Regency has also become a tourism icon in Cebu.

Separate probe

He said he was planning to ask King to help the City’s beautification project of Osmeña Blvd.

NBI 7 Director Max Salvador said the team will investigate if King’s death has relations to his businesses in Cebu. He said the team will coordinate with NBI-Davao City, which is also investigating the killing.

“The NBI in Davao City has leads,” said Salvador. “NBI 7 will try to look into all angles here in Cebu.”

King’s brother, Rafael, requested NBI 7 to investigate the case in a June 13 letter to Salvador.

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on June 17, 2014.

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