BY GILBERT P. BAYORAN
The Negros Occidental Sangguniang Panlalawigan has joined the numerous calls for a thorough probe and for authorities to expedite their investigations into the killing of provincial consultant Mariano Antonio “Marton” Cui, on April 12 in San Carlos City.
Vice Gov. Jeffrey Ferrer said yesterday that he and members of the SP were also shocked by the killing of Cui, whose younger brother, Mark Cui, used to serve as provincial board member, representing the Association of Barangay Captains of Negros Occidental.
On Tuesday, the SP passed a resolution expressing their sympathies to the family of Cui.
San Carlos City Mayor Renato Gustilo described Cui as a remarkable man, one of the great pillars of society, who dedicated his life to service for the poor, not only in San Carlos City, but in the whole of Negros Occidental.
What happened to Marton is something unforgivable for every San Carloseño, as he had helped everyday of his life, Gustilo said. “Rest assured that we will do everything we can, to stand by you, and help you in the best way we can, to bring justice for his untimely demise.”
The newly-activated Special Investigation Task Group, headed by P/Col. Romy Palgue, director of the Negros Occidental Police Provincial Office, and the National Bureau of Investigation, are now doing a parallel probe on the shooting incident.
Based on copies of the footage secured by the PNP from the CCTVs in the area, two vehicles, including a white Toyota van and silver gray Starex van, without plate numbers, were spotted in the area at the time of the incident, P/Lt. Abegael Donasco said yesterday.
Donasco added that police probers are looking into the possibility that the assassin, who shot Cui from a long distance, may have stayed at the back of a van, or a nearby building.
She said that, as of this time, they have not gathered any substantial evidence to establish a breakthrough in the killing of Cui. She added that NOCPPO welcomed the parallel investigation being conducted by the NBI.*