Task force probes lawyer's slay

CEBU CITY―The task group looking into the killing of lawyer Jonnah John Ungab said Tuesday it was halfway to resolving his death.

Ungab, the lawyer of self-confessed drug lord Rolando Espinosa Jr., was ambushed by a lone gunman just across from the Cebu City courthouse shortly before noon Monday, and right after he attended a hearing of Espinosa’s case.

Senior Insp. Jonathan Taneo, spokesman of “Task Force Ungab,” said they were looking at all possible angles in the killing of Ungab, who was also the municipal vice mayor of Ronda, Cebu.

Taneo said they were gathering more evidence and witnesses who could help them solve the case. 

He said the CCTV footage of Sugbutel, which is located near the crime scene, was very vital in their investigation.

Investigators said the CCTV footage showed the gunman waiting outside the Quimonda building housing the city’s courts.

The suspect was also seen answering a mobile phone call, which police believed was from a spotter inside the building. 

The gunman was then seen approaching Ungab’s car as it exited the courts’ gate and started firing. He then fled on a motorcycle with no plate number. 

Ungab was taken to the Chong Hua Hospital in Mandaue City but was pronounced dead at 2 p.m. by the attending physician.

Meanwhile, the National Union of People’s Lawyers-Cebu Chapter condemned Ungab’s killing.

“We urge the authorities to immediately conduct a full and impartial investigation into Atty. Ungab’s killing and swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice,” the group said in a statement. 

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