Task force looking for 2nd witness

POLICE are looking for a woman who reportedly witnessed the killing of former Cebu City prosecutor Mary Ann Castro.

The possibility of a second witness cropped up as the special group formed by the Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) to investigate the ambush and killing of Castro met Thursday, Feb. 7, with Director Royina Garma.

Garma said investigators are still clueless on the identity of the assassin, but they are looking for a female witness who, according to Castro’s mother and brother, could shed light on what happened that night of Jan. 17. Police will compare this witness’ statement with that of a male witness who earlier gave investigators an idea on the gunman’s identity.

The task force members—the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group 7, Crime Laboratory and Abellana Police Station—met with Garma on the progress of the investigation.

Group members will start with the crime scene and will trace persons who may have the motive to kill Castro.

Investigators have obtained video footage that showed the gunman before Castro’s killing.

Garma said police are having a hard time determining the motive, and that they need to check several angles. Castro’s relatives met with Garma and gave her a document. “It’s about the cases na involved si Fiscal Castro sa personal niyang buhay, and I won’t give the details. Parang more on property and more on money,” Garma said.

Several names have surfaced, but no one has been tagged a “person of interest.”

Meanwhile, former personnel of the Regional Special Operations Group 7 who were charged by Castro will possibly be called for an investigation. Castro and her male companions went to the group’s office in 2016. She was allegedly mad at the police officers for keeping in their custody the girlfriend of her estranged husband, Leodegreco “Greco” Sanchez.

Sanchez and the prosecutor married in Muslim rites in 2015, but their relationship turned sour after he accused her of stealing his possessions. (From AYB of SuperBalita Cebu, KAL)


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