THREE witnesses are helping the police identify the culprits in the robbery-slay of 14-year-old Carlo Sacedon Mangitngit on Horseshoe Drive, Sitio Banawa, Barangay Guadalupe, Cebu City last Sunday morning.

Cebu City Police Office (CCPO) Director Patro-cinio Comendador Jr. ordered the Theft and Robbery Section (TRS) and the Guadalupe Police Station to work on the case first.

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The three men picked up by the police for identification and questioning shortly after the attack occurred at 8 a.m., were released after they were cleared by the witnesses.

Mayor Tomas Osmeña was dismayed to learn about the poor implementation of the election gun ban.

He said law-abiding citizens follow the gun ban but criminals don’t.

He also cannot expect the police department to respond to crimes like they did before. He said they were demoralized after the arrest of SPO1 Adonis Dumpit, whom he said only tried to do his job by responding a robbery alarm.

Dumpit is facing a murder charge for the death of Ronron Go and is under the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group.

The mayor is also criticizing human rights advocates for staying quiet.

“When criminals get gunned down they scream like hell, but when a 14-year-old boy dies, they keep quiet,” Osmeña told reporters.

Mangitngit died of a gunshot wound in the head after one of the three suspects shot the victim after taking his Nokia 3310 worth P500.

He hopes the Commission on Elections and human rights groups could solve the peace and order problem.

“You should have Joavan Fernandez look, run after these people because our policemen don’t like to run after these people anymore, If they accidentally shoot them, they will end up like Dumpit, he’s there in jail” Osmeña said.

Meanwhile, City Councilor Gerardo Carillo assured the Mangitngit family of assistance from City Hall.

Carillo said the City usually provides bereaved families with burial and financial assistance.

Meanwhile, Comendador said that starting yesterday beat patrol police personnel were deployed in the Banawa area, particularly along Horseshoe Drive and near the Alliance of Two Hearts Parish.

TRS Chief Michael Anthony Bastes said he and Guadalupe Police Station Chief Mario Monilar are exchanging information that may lead them to the culprits.

Bastes said he learned that an hour before the attack on Mangitngit, a store in neighboring Forest Hills was also robbed by three men on a motorcycle.

The robbers ran away with only P20 cash. (JTG/ETB)