THE Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) has a list of potential "persons of interest" who may have involvement in the ambush-slay of two jail guards and an inmate in Barangay Kalunasan, Cebu City, Wednesday, September 13.
Senior Superintendent Royina Garma, CCPO director, said inmate Jerryfer Perigrino, an alleged big-time drug personality, may have been the main target.
She did not elaborate on the possible personalities who may be involved in the attack, as it might hamper their investigation. The police official said investigators will determine why Cebu Provincial Detention and Rehabilitation Center (CPDRC) guards Bernie Bayotas and Joel Teves were included by the assailants.
The investigators, she said, will look into the report that Perigrino and fellow CPDRC inmate Alvaro "Barok" Alvaro, also a suspected drug lord, were at odds.
Perigrino reported to CPDRC official that Alvaro masterminded the smuggling of illegal drugs inside the jail facility in Kalunasan.
Garma said personal grudge is one of the motives her investigators are looking into.
Investigators from Guadalupe Police Station, Cebu Provincial Intelligence Branch (PIB), CCPO and crime laboratory held a case conference on Friday, September 14. PIB is included as Perigrino had been identified a drug personality operating in Cebu Province.
Teves and Bayotas were taking Perigrino to court on board a CPDRC van for the formal filing of charges against the inmate for illegal drug possession when they were attacked around 9 a.m. Thursday, September 13.
Guadalupe Police Station Chief Eduard Sanchez said they have to check why the security camera near the CPDRC and the access road between barangays Kalunasan and Guadalupe were offline from 2 a.m. to 9:37 a.m.
Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, deputy mayor on police matters, said security cameras cannot be disabled through signal jammers but only through system shutdown. (KAL)