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Probe Continues into Murder of Ronda Vice Mayor

CEBU CITY – The Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) that is investigating the ambush of lawyer Jonnah John Ungab, who is also Ronda town vice mayor, said it is halfway toward resolving the death of the politician.

Ungab is also the legal counsel for suspected drug lord Rolando “Kerwin” Espinosa, Jr. He was ambushed last week just across the Cebu City courthouse after attending the court hearing of Espinosa.

Senior Inspector Jonathan Taneo, a spokesman for the SITG, said they are looking at all possible angles, including the victim’s legal profession, politics, personal grudges, and other circumstances surrounding the life of Ungab.

Taneo said they are in the process of gathering more evidence and witnesses who would lead them to the identity of the perpetrators. The CCTV footage of Sugbutel Family Hotel near the crime scene is very vital in their investigation, he said.

Investigators said the CCTV footage showed the gunman waiting outside the courthouse. He was also seen answering a mobile phone call, which police believed was from a spotter inside the building. The motorcycle gunman was then seen approaching Ungab’s car as it exited the courts’ gate and started firing.

Ungab was rushed to the Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City but he was already dead.

Members of the National Union of People’s Lawyers (NUPL) in Cebu have condemned the murder. “We urge the authorities to immediately conduct a full and impartial investigation into Atty. Ungab’s killing and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice. Failure to do so will only embolden murderers under a pervasive culture of impunity that knows no power of the rule of law,” the NUPL said. (Luel Galarpe)

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