LET POLICE SOLVE CRIMES’

06/24/2010 - Brothers Manuel and Nicolas Ting have not been in good terms in the last 20 years.
But their dispute has nothing to do with the separate attacks that left Manuel dead and Nicolas wounded, said Nixon “Jojo” Dizon, Nicolas' eldest child.

Nixon yesterday dispelled speculations that the attacks on the two brothers may be related to their quarrel – one of the angles being looked into by a joint police task force.

“As much as possible, we would like to appeal to the people not to speculate. We are the victims here. We are not the suspects. What happened (to my father and uncle) was already hard for us,” Nixon told CEBU DAILY NEWS.

Mandaue Councilor-elect Emmarie “Lollipop” Ouano-Dizon, wife of Nixon, said they still have no idea why the Ting brothers were ambushed and if the attacks were related. But she added they would leave it to the police's Task Force Ting to solve the cases as the family would cooperate in the investigation.

Manuel, 72, was driving his Mercedes Benz on late Tuesday afternoon when a lone gunman opened fire at him at a busy intersection in barangay Tisa, Cebu City. He died of four gunshot wounds in the head and seven in the chest.

The attack came less than 24 hours after his younger brother, Nicolas, 69, was wounded in an ambush, by one of the two men on board a motorcycle in barangay Cabancalan, Mandaue City, about 10 p.m. on Monday. He suffered four bullet wounds in the chest.

Chief Supt. Lani-O Nerez, Police Regional Office-Central Visayas (PRO-7), said investigators believed that Manuel's assassin could be a professional killer because of how the killing was executed.

Nerez formed a task force headed by Senior Supt. Melvin Ramon Buenafe, Regional Intelligence Division (RID) 7 chief to solve the two crimes.

Task Force Ting was composed of members from the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG), the PNP Crime Laboratory, Cebu City Police Office and Mandaue City Police Office. The Regional Public Information Office headed by Chief. Insp. Romeo Santander will serve as spokesman, who will provide updates to the media.

Senior Supt. Vicente Loot, PRO-7 deputy director for operations, said the task force would allow each police unit to cross boundaries especially that the crimes happened in Mandaue and Cebu cities.

“The lower units or territorial units will handle the investigation within their area of jurisdiction but they may cross boarders in following up leads. They complement each other,” Loot said.

Loot admitted that the attacks may be related because it happened in less than 24 hours and both the victims were siblings.

Asked about the rift between the two brothers, Loot said he too had heard about it. “Maybe, it's public knowledge to the friends of the family. That's one of the angles that we are pursuing,” he said.

“At the moment, we are entertaining all information that we received and investigating all angles that may lead to the incident,” he added.

Emmarie said media reports linking the brothers' dispute to the attacks on Manuel and Nicolas came as a surprise to family.

“Tinuod nga naa gyud na silay away pero dili pud ana ka grabe nga ma violent na sila (It is true that they had a dispute but it was not bad that it would cause them to be violent),” said Emmarie.

Quoting sources from the Chinese community, radio station dyAB report said that the killing may have something to do with the dispute between brothers, which was triggered by a fight over the family's fortune.

Nixon confirmed the dyAB report that his father and his uncle had a fistfight when they met at a Cebu City hotel.

Nixon said it was an “open secret” that Nicolas and Manuel had not been in talking terms for years and had engaged in a “word war”. Although he did not know the cause of the quarrel, Nixon said it started at least 20 years ago.

Manuel was the 8th while Nicolas was 9th among 10 siblings. But with Manuel's death, only four siblings have remained.

“Kana ilang conflict, sila ra ang naka hibaw ug unsa na. Ang problema man gud ana nila kay walay mo initiate sa communication. Mag lisud sad ming mga anak nga mang hilabot kay ni respecto man mi nila (Only they knew what started the conflict. The problem was that no one would initiate to communicate. We children could not interfere because we both respect them),” said Nixon.

“Mohangyo lang unya mi sa mga taw ug sa media nga dili lang mo speculate. Maghuwat lang unta ta sa resulta sa investigation (I would like to ask the media not to speculate. Let us wait for the result of the investigation),” said Nixon.

Nixon said that while his father was known to be hot tempered, he was not the type to resort to violence. The two brothers were also involved in different businesses, he added.

Manuel owned a hotel and a hardware and furniture display area while Nicolas was into export of furniture. He and wife, Shirley, own NS Royal Pension.

Nixon, however, said he and his three siblings have maintained good relations with his cousins. Manuel has five children.

He said that when Manuel was rushed to the emergency room of Chong Hua Hospital following the ambush, his mother and sister were there.

His younger brother had also been talking to Manuel's children since the ambush.

Emmarie said she, Nixon said Shirley planned to go to St. Peter's Funeral Parlor in Cebu City to pay their respects to Manuel.

“Kami limpyo ang among konsensya. Kami mismo mi sympathize ni Manuel kay tiyo na namo (Our conscience is clean. We sympathize with Manuel because he is our uncle),” she added.

Emmarie said Nicolas, who remains at the intensive care unit, doesn't know what happened to his brother.

She also corrected earlier media reports that a bullet was still embedded on Nicolas' spine, saying all bullets had been removed during a surgery on Tuesday.

While Nicolas was unable to talk due to the tubes in his mouth, he could open his eyes and move his legs, said Emmarie.

Local officials and business leaders urged the police to solve the two crimes.

Mandaue Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Eric Ng Mendoza said other businessmen were alarmed of the incidents.

Cebu Chamber of Commerce and Industry president Samuel Chioson said in a TV report that the crimes must be solved immediately so as not to scare away businessmen and foreign investors.

Cebu Gov. Gwendolyn Garcia yesterday urged witnesses to help the police in the investigation.

“If you have any information, please supply it without fear or favor. If you need to execute and affidavit, you execute it. Do your own share as a citizen,” said Garcia, chairperson of the Regional Development Council in Central Visayas (RDC-7).

Cebu City Mayor-elect Michael Rama said businessmen should hire bodyguards following the attacks on the two brothers.

“If they can afford, there are private securities available. I know some prominent businessmen here in Cebu who are hiring private bodyguards who would meet and secure them when they go to Manila,” Rama said.

He admitted that the police don't have enough manpower to cover all grounds
(Cebu Daily News)

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