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NBI sets deadline
for Chua case

The agent-in-charge of the National Bureau of Investigation said yesterday that they are giving themselves until the end of this month to solve the fatal shooting of Bacolod hotelier Johnny Chua.

Joseph Rigodon said they will confer with the lawyer of Chua's family to try to tie up some loose ends in the case and see if they could file charges. He, however, did not disclose who will be charged for the death of the hotelier.

He added that they are looking for a photographer with a MassKara Festival identification card who was reportedly at the crime scene, as a possible witness to the shooting but, despite exerting all possible efforts, they have failed to find him.

Rigodon said they will assess whether they should continue looking for the photographer, or just pursue the filing of the case even if they do not find him.

NBI agent Cyrus Aluzan said they have three witnesses, but one is reluctant and the others are hard to locate.

He said they may be hiding and an uncooperative because they already know the suspect in Chua's killing.

As to the killing of Pic Raymond Longno, whom the police have tagged as the trigger man of Chua, his family is no longer pursuing the case and only want to clear his name and prove that he had nothing to do with the killing of Chua, Aluzan said.

Former NBI Agent-in-charge Ferdinand Lavin had said that the killing of Chua and Longno could be two separate cases, because the latter's death may have something to do with illegal gambling.

However, Aluzan said, they are not yet rejecting yet the possibility that the killing of Chua and Longno could be related.

Chua was shot and killed while on board his vehicle at JV-Burgos Streets, Bacolod City, on Oct. 25, 2012, and Longno was tagged as the gunman. But before the police could arrest him, two bonnet-wearing men shot and killed him at Malaspina Street, Brgy. Villamonte.*APN






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