Condo firm calls for justice, hits insinuations linking lawyer's death to issues with them

Published August 30, 2021, 2:21 PM

by Calvin Cordova 

CEBU CITY – The management of the condominium where the slain lawyer Rex Fernandez had been staying has denounced insinuations that his murder has something to do with their conflict.

“We denounce any insinuation linking his death to the issue,” Bamboo Bay Condominium Corp. said in a statement.

Fernandez was killed in an ambush last August 26 in Barangay Guadalupe City.

Before the ambush, the lawyer had staged a hunger strike outside the condominium in protest of the management’s decision to cut off his water supply after he failed to pay his dues.

A week before, Fernandez posted on his Facebook page the names of three persons who should be held liable if he gets killed.

“We were shocked to learn about the brazen killing of Atty. Rex Fernandez,” the company said.

“Atty. Fernandez is a member of our community. This is a horrific and senseless act. We express our deepest condolences to his family,” it added.

The company added the lawyer may have “staged a hunger strike over unresolved issues, we already started a dialogue moving forward.”

The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that was created to focus on solving the murder is scheduled to convene on Tuesday, said Police Col. Wilbert Parilla, deputy director for operations of the Cebu City Police Office.

“We will give updates on the investigation once the SITG convenes,” said Parilla.

Fernandez’s family has also launched a fund-raising drive for the lawyer’s driver, who was critically wounded in the attack.

The driver needs a surgery after a bullet hit his spine and his kidney, the family said.