Ungab slay: CCTV spots 3 ‘persons of interest’

Published February 23, 2018, 10:00 PM

by Mario Casayuran and Vanne Elaine Terrazola

By Calvin D. Cordova

Cebu City–Police on Friday showed images from a security camera of three people that are now considered as “persons of interest” in the killing of lawyer Jonnah John Ungab.

Police also said they have witness in the shooting last Monday of Ungab, who was counsel for alleged drug kingpin Kerwin Espinosa and was also vice mayor of Ronda town in southern Cebu.

Senior Insp. Jonathan Taneo, spokesperson for the police Task Force Ungab, said a man believed to be the spotter for the gunman was caught by the camera going in and out of the courthouse where Ungabattended the promulgation of his client.

The man was seen checking the license plate of Ungab’s car while talking to someone over his mobile phone.

A motorcycle-riding man shot Ungab as he drove his car. His wife, who was seated beside him in the car, was unharmed.

“We already alerted our counterparts in Mandaue and Lapu-Lapu because based on the footages, the perpetrators escaped toward Mandaue,” Taneo said.

Police released the screenshots hoping to get help in identifying the killer.

“For those who can help us identify the perpetrators, they can contact 0943-4221841 or 032-266294,” said Taneo.

Based on the screenshots, the crime was carried out by professional killers, said Supt. Ryan Devaras, head of the task force.

“These are hired goons. The way the crime was executed, the killing was well-planned,” he said.

Investigators need more witnesses to positively identify the killer, but only one has surfaced so far.

Taneo, however, said he is satisfied with the pace of the investigation. “We didn’t set a timetable as to when we can arrest the culprits but the sense of urgency is there. We don’t want to rush things because we want to arrest the real suspects,” he said.

He said he was just waiting for the Ungab’s family to allow investigators to check the lawyer’s cellphone.

Pearl, Ungab’s wife, said that hours before the killing, her husband received a threat through text messaging, warning him to choose between his life or his client’s.

Ungab’s remains will be brought to his hometown in Ronda Saturday. Burial is scheduled for Sunday.