POLICE in Mandaue City are looking at business or robbery as a possible motive for the attack on a man and his two children on Father’s Day last Sunday night, June 16, 2019.
Yi Feng Guo Yang, 51, was killed, while his 18-year-old daughter Ronron and his son 16-year-old son Kevin (not their real names) survived and were rushed to a private hospital in the city when four men on board two motorcycles fired on their van.
Based on initial investigation, Yang was behind the wheel, while his children were seated in the back.
The Yangs had just come from their store in the northern town of Consolacion and were heading home to Barangay Cubacub when they were ambushed in Purok 3 in the barangay.
Major Mercy Villaro of the Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) said the Investigation Detective Management Branch and the Canduman Police Station are conducting a joint investigation on the incident.
“For now, our investigators are looking at various angles, including a possible inside job due to the victim’s work as a businessman. Another angle is personal grudge, while the other angle we’re looking at is robbery,” Villaro said.
Recovered from the crime scene were three empty shells of a .9mm pistol; two empty shells, one live ammo from a .45 pistol; and a black helmet believed to belong to one of the gunmen.
Police are also looking into the possibility that the assailants had monitored Yang’s routine after work.
Because of this, the MCPO is also coordinating with the Consolacion Police Station. It will also ask establishments near Yang’s store if their security cameras caught footage of the assailants.
Villaro said Yang must have been the target of the ambush as he received the brunt of the gunfire.
The MCPO has asked the Anti-Cybercrime Group of the Police Regional Office 7 to examine Yang’s cellular phone to check if he had received death threats.
As of Monday afternoon, Yang’s relatives had yet to cooperate with authorities.
Villaro said Yang and his two children were Philippine passport holders after verifying with the Chinese consulate in Cebu City. (From FMD of SuperBalita Cebu, JKV)