Cases readied against gunman behind Wee’s killing

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram, Paul Lauro - Multimedia reporter and correspondent/CDN Digital | December 10,2020 - 12:59 PM
Fausto Edgar Benigno Peralta (3rd from left)  is escorted by operatives from NBI-7 upon his arrival at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 1 on December 10, 2020. Peralta was identified by authorities as the gunman behind the killing of Lawyer Joey Luis Wee. | Photo from Paul Lauro #CDNDigital

Fausto Edgar Benigno Peralta (3rd from left)  is escorted by operatives from NBI-7 upon his arrival at the Mactan Cebu International Airport (MCIA) Terminal 1 on December 10, 2020. Peralta was identified by authorities as the gunman behind the killing of Lawyer Joey Luis Wee. | Photo from Paul Lauro #CDNDigital

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Charges are now being readied against six suspects, including the gunman, behind the killing of Lawyer Joey Luis Wee.

The gunman identified as Fausto Edgar Benigno Peralta was formally turned over to the custody of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas (NBI-7) on Thursday, December 10, 2020.

Peralta was arrested in Laguna last December 8 by operatives from the NBI’s central office.

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Lawyer Renan Oliva, director of NBI-7, said they had identified a total of six individuals, including the mastermind, whom they believed conspired to kill Wee.

Wee was fatally shot in front of his law office last November 23, 2020 in Barangay Kasambagan.

Read: 2 lawyers shot in Cebu in less than 2 months

Oliva said all six suspects will be facing complaints on conspiracy to commit murder.

“Of the six suspects, three have been identified including the gunman. The other three, we have pictures of their faces, and based on testimonial evidence, pointed out that these suspects were with the three earlier identified. We now only need to determine their names,” said Oliva in Cebuano. 

The NBI-7 director said they were able to trace and determine the suspects after gathering testimonial, documentary and electronic evidence, the latter referring to footage from close circuit television cameras (CCTVs). 

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In the meantime, Oliva said their investigation would continue to determine the identity of the mastermind even after they would file the cases. 

He also said they had been coordinating with the police here who had formed a dedicated investigative task group to shed light on Wee’s killing. /dbs

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