BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
Good news for bounty hunters.
The reward for the arrest of suspects behind the assassination of Provincial Consultant Mariano Antonio “Marton” Cui has been increased by the provincial government of Negros Occidental from P500,000 to P1.5 million.
Gov. Eugenio Jose Lacson said that any information that would lead to the capture of person, or individuals, behind his death, may relay it to the Atty. Renoir Baldovino, head of the National Bureau of Investigation- Bacolod District Office, at (O34)703-2931.
More than seven months after Cui was murdered in Brgy. Palampas, San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on April 12 this year, authorities have yet to make a breakthrough in identification of suspects behind his death.
Police investigations showed that Cui was hit by long-range shots while he was about to board his vehicle outside his office at Emerald Arcade on F.C. Ledesma Avenue, Barangay Palampas, San Carlos City.
Cui had also worked as the chief of staff of former 1st District Rep. Julio Ledesma IV and as an executive assistant for political affairs of incumbent Rep. Gerardo Valmayor Jr., aside from being consultant on hospital operations of the provincial government.
Aside from the NBI, a special task group was also organized by the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office to track down the suspects behind the assassination of Cui.*