BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The killing of provincial consultant Mariano Antonio “Marton” Cui on April 12 in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental, was well-funded, lawyer Renoir Baldovino, head of the National Bureau of Investigation-Bacolod Field Office, said.
While it is premature to say who are involved and the motive for the killing, Baldovino said the murder of Cui was carried out by a sniper.
Initial investigations showed that Cui was shot from afar.
“Well-funded sila (They are well-funded),” Baldovino told Bombo Radyo, adding that the shooting involved several persons in three vehicles.
“If you don’t have the resources, you cannot use those many people to undertake the killing of Cui,” he added.
“That is certain, judging from the resources they used,” Baldovino also said, adding that the vehicles used were equipped with antennae.
“Communication-wise, they have the capability,” he added.
Negros Occidental Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson lauded Malacañang yesterday for its intervention to hasten the solution of the case.
Presidential spokesperson Harry Roque earlier said President Rodrigo Duterte has condemned the killing of Cui, who also served as chief of staff of former Rep. Julio Ledesma IV (Neg. Occ., 1st District).
“We appreciate the directive of the President, through the effort of Secretary Roque. Justice is all that the family is asking for,” Lacson said.
The body of Cui was exhumed on May 3 at the San Carlos Memorial Park for autopsy by the NBI, that also conducted a parallel investigation on the incident. The Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office Special Investigation Task Group is also investigating the shooting.*