Suspects in King murder arrested

By: Bencyrus Ellorin, Michelle Joy L. Padayhag - Inquirer Mindanao Bureau | June 23,2014 - 11:06 AM

Third update: 2: 38 p.m.

Police on Sunday nabbed three suspects in the murder of businessman Richard King.

Police sources identified the suspects as Paul Molina, Rodel dela Cerna and Rommel dela Cerna.

The same sources said Molina was the gunman, Rommel conducted the surveillance and the Rodel was the driver of the get-away motorcycle.

Senior Supt. Vicente Danao, the city police chief, refused to face reporters.

But police sources said initial investigations showed that Rommel was a police asset. He allegedly divulged that a police official ordered the hit.

Last week, Mayor Rodrigo Duterte vowed that King’s murder would be solved by the local police force.

King, who was the owner of the Crown Regency Group of Hotels and health products company Vital-C, was shot in the head while he was in a gathering of his distributors inside the Vital-C’s building in
Obrero last June 12.

King was also the chair Vital-C Land Development Corp, the CEO of J. King and Sons, the president of Fuente Triangle Realty Development Corp and the founder and director of Boracay Multiple Properties Developers Inc.

Eduard Tan, marketing head of Crown Regency who is also the family’s spokesman said the family is hopeful in their quest for justice. He also hope the suspects arrested are not mere fall guys.


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