The Mandaue City Police Office had a difficulty in identifying the killers of the couple in Mandaue City who was also robbed by their assailants past 11 pm last night. MCPO station 1 chief, Police Major Aldrin Villacampa revealed that the riding in tandem perpetrators both wore full-faced helmets in shooting Michael Canes, 27 and his wife Kate,, 24. “Maglisud gyud mi ug identify Sir kay nag full face helmets man sila,” Villacampa told iNews.ph in a phone interview.
According to Villacampa including the surviving 9-year-old child of the couple, there are other witnesses to the shooting but since the perpetrators face were fully covered, they have a hard time in pinpointing them. The police officer said the child who is a girl pretended that she too was dead which could be the reason why she was spared. “Ingon sa bata namo nga nagpahigda-higda sab siya para ingnon nga naigo ug napatay pud siya mao tu nga wala na siya tingali pusila pa.
” The child was immediately taken to safety when the first responders to the crime arrived. Villacampa said that robbery is the first motive that they are pursuing because the sling bag of the husband was taken by the culprits. The couple according to their child had P200,000 at that time but not all the money were taken however as the wife also had a shoulder bag with money which the robbers did not include.
The back rider of the riding in tandem assailants shot the victims during a stop signal along the junction of AC Cortes and SB Cabahug Streets, Barangay Ibabao and fled towards the Maguikay area. The victims were engaged in selling ready to wear items online and also had a stall in a department store.
They just came from delivering some of their stocks in the Cebu North Bus Terminal for distribution in Bantayan Island when they were waylaid. The police recovered slugs of .45 caliber pistol in the crime scene. Aside from robbery, the police are also looking into personal grudge and business rivalry as possible motives.
The author is a Cebu based journalist who used to write for Cebu Daily News, Philippine Daily Inquirer, Businessworld, among others. He also had stints for several radio stations in the Visayas and Mindanao regions and currently works for iNews.Ph