Suspects in bizman's slay closely watched

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Tuesday, June 17, 2014


AUTHORITIES are closely monitoring "persons of interest" who may have something to do with the killing of Cebu-based businessman Richard Lim King.

King was shot dead last June 12 inside Vital-C Health Products Inc. building in Barrio Obrero, Davao City.

Davao City Police Office (DCPO) director Sr. Supt. Vicente Danao, who heads the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG), refused to name these personalities so as not to pre-empt their investigation and operation against the suspects.

He said the task group is also looking into personal grudge and jealousy as possible motive of the crime aside from conflict in business.

"We cannot also discount the possibility of the evil of money. We could not conclude anything yet, the investigation is still ongoing," Danao added.

King was the chair and chief executive officer of the 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.

Part of SITG's task is to check the closed circuit television (CCTV) camera; profiling of the victim, including his businesses within and outside Davao City and who are his business associates; profiling of a suspected gun for hire personalities; digital forensic concerns; and preparation of the documents.

Danao also made it clear that the recent killings in the city, involving two businessmen and a lawyer do not affect the stability of the city. He said the incidents were isolated cases since they happened one week after the other.

City Mayor Rodrigo Duterte earlier directed authorities to solve the killing of King as soon as possible. The authorities have the cartographic sketch of the gunman who is described to be around 5'5 tall with medium built and bony face.

Duterte admitted the killings of lawyer Emmanuel Ledesma Acuña of the Public Attorney's Office and businessman King, may take some time to be solved.

He added that while the police have the names of the suspects, they still need the cooperation of few individuals and sectors to solve the cases.

Davao-based businessman Ramon Teodoro "TY" Garcia, 67, was also killed on Sparrow Street in Ecoland on June 6. His body, which bore multiple stab wounds and his mouth sealed with masking tape, was found in a 20-meter deep cliff in Barangay Bolton in Malalag town in Davao del Sur. Suspects in the killing of Garcia have already been arrested.

Meanwhile, the management and staff of the J. King and Sons Co. Inc. and its subsidiaries deeply mourn King's untimely demise.

In a statement posted on the company's official Facebook page, it said: "Under King's inspired and innovative leadership, J. King and Sons Co., Inc., which include the Crown Regency chain of hotels, flourished and earned its respectable niche in the tourism industry. His siblings and corporate management team will continue all operations of J. King and Sons Co., Inc. and its affiliate companies. We enjoin everyone to pray for the repose of the soul of Richard King."

The company also appealed to all concerned sectors, including the media, to await the investigation result of the case and refrain from hurling malicious lies and accusations about King.

"We are one with the family and friends of Richard King during this most difficult time, and urge the authorities to bring to justice the perpetrators of this heinous crime," the statement said.

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

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