NBI, police probe MMA champ's slay

THE National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) in Davao Region and Davao City Police Office (DCPO) are now conducting joint investigation to solve the murder of a former Pacific Xtreme Combat (PXC) champion who was shot dead in Davao City Sunday morning.

Lawyer Dante Gierran, regional director of NBI-Davao Region, said they are at present coordinating with the DCPO through the Talomo police led by its station commander Chief Inspector Alfredo Santillana.

Ale Brasharydela Cruz Cali, 25, a professional mixed-martial arts (MMA) fighter of Bucana Trading, was shot dead in Ulas around 10 a.m. last Sunday.

Gierran said there is no need to create a special body for this case, but clarified they are at present focused on digging deeper on the crime scene story.

"It's better for both DCPO and NBI to work together for a better synergy. But there is no need for a special task group since may coordination naman kami both parties," Gierran told reporters during the AFP-PNP press conference held at the DCPO Wednesday morning.

"We are already digging deeper in our investigation, but we'll focus first on the crime scene story including identifying those who committed the crime," he added.

Chief Inspector Milgrace Driz, spokesperson for DCPO, also said Talomo police investigators are conducting profiling of the killers and the victim.

Gierran also confirmed that Cali appeared at their office last week and reported he had been receiving death threats.

"Hindi talaga namin nalaman kung saan related yung madeath threats na tanggap niya. It can be work-related or personal grudge," Gierran said.

Cali, who earned the moniker of "The Young Gun" in his years at PXC, worked as a gym instructor at the Metro Lifestyle Gym located at the Cor. Jacinto Extension and Torres St.

Gierran, however, said they will not be dragging names into their investigation yet without any legitimate evidence.

Cali was allegedly involved a extramarital affair with a client who is married to an Army offical.

But Gierran said they have yet to confirm this.

"We cannot judge any person with these kind of allegations without evidences," Gierran said.

He said they will summon those dragged into the case should the investigation requires it.

"There is still a need to follow the due process of the law. We can subpoena those people possibly involved in the issue," Gierran said. (KRP)

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