Task group formed to probe colonel’s gunslay PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 21 June 2016 15:34

By DAN TORIBIO

The city police office has formed a special investigation task group to look into the gunslaying of a military colonel outside his house late Sunday in this city.

City Police Office Director Supt. Luisito Magnaye said the probe body, Special Task Group Tiny, is named after the nickname of the victim, Lt. Col. Cristobal Julian Paolo Perez.

Perez, 46, at the time of his death, is the personnel (G-1) head of the Army’s First (Tabak) Infantry Division based in Pulacan, Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.

Initial investigation disclosed Perez and some family members were inside their residential-business establishment named Secret Recipe Restaurant at Buenbrazo Drive shortly,Guiwan before 10 p.m. when someone called him in cell phone and asked him to go out at the back gate.

When Perez went out, several gunfire were heard and a motorcycle with two men riding tandem hurriedly left the place.

Perez was discovered by his relatives bloodied with bullet wounds and was rushed to the hospital.

Police said the colonel, a PMA graduate,  sustained bullet wounds in the head and body. He was rushed to a private hospital where he expired while undergoing treatment.

Investigators recovered four empty shells of .45 caliber pistol at the crime scene.

Investigators were looking at some angles. including his work, as possible reason for the killing.

Earlier, Mayor Beng Climaco-Salazar ordered Magnaye to lead a thorough investigation into the killing of Perez.

Mayor Climaco said she gave her directive to Supt. Magnaye and Task Force Zamboanga commander Col. Juvymax Uy when they met at the hospital (Zamboanga Peninsula Hospital), where the Army officer was after he was shot at his residence.

“Col. Perez was based in Pulacan but since the incident happened in our area of responsibility, we are exercising all means to try to apprehend (the suspect) first of all establish the motive behind the incident,” Climaco said during apress briefing yesterday morning.

She added that any information as to the victim’s functions in the military will have to be coordinated with Col. Uy of TF Zamboanga

Climaco said the investigation will also include the quick response or level of alertness of the police in so far as the time within which they responded to and arrived at the crime scene, especially those within or near to the area where the incident happened. – Dan Toribio  with report from Vic Larato