Police ask friends, relatives of killed Mandaue couple to help with investigation

By Morexette Marie B. Erram, Zena Magto |April 16,2019 - 01:34 PM

Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives process the crime scene at the intersection of SB Cabahug Street and AC Cortes Avenue in Barangay Ibabao, Mandaue City. | CDN file

Mandaue City, Cebu—The Mandaue City Police Office (MCPO) are urging friends and relatives of the couple who were shot dead in Mandaue City to cooperate with the investigation.

Police Colonel Julian Entoma, MCPO director, said this after some of the friends and family of Fraldine Kate Ramayla Canes, 24, and her husband, Michael Canes, 27 complained about the initial findings from police that the couple were into illegal drugs. 

The Canes couple were killed at the corner of SB Cabahug Street and AC Cortes Avenue in Barangay Ibabao, Mandaue City past 11 p.m. on Sunday, April 14, 2019.

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“We are asking instead for the cooperation of their relatives. If they believe they have information that the couple are not linked to illegal drugs, we ask them to submit an affidavit,” Entoma told Cebu Daily News Digital in a phone interview. 

A Facebook post by Gernnybe Ramayla seeking justice for the couple has been circulating online. In the post, Ramayla explained that the couple were not involved in drugs and were just simply into RTW (ready-to-wear) business.

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“JUST PURE BUSINESS, NOT DRUGS RELATED!” part of the post read.

But Entoma said they ruled out robbery as a possible motive on the killing of the Canes couple. 

“Ang ila gyud motive nga na kit-an is that murder gyud kay if tulis ra, gi kuha ra gyud unta ang bag,” said Entoma. 

(The motive we are looking at is murder because if it was robbery, [the suspects] would have just taken the bag.)

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“We have a few witnesses daw stating nga daan na daw naay ga atang nila,” he added. 

(We have a few witnesses stating that they were already being monitored.)

Police claimed the Canes are involved in the Rustico Ygot drug syndicate.

Entoma, however, said they are still investigating further the couple’s alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade. /bmjo

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