Cops close to solving Cortes murder case, says town PNP chief

Ramil Ceballos while driving his motorcycle was shot dead in Barangay dela Paz in Cortes by a motorcycle-riding gunman at past 7 a.m. on Thursday. | Photo: via Evelyn Ampoloquio

Police are optimistic that they are close to solving the murder of Ramil Ceballos, a maintenance personnel of a Tagbilaran City car dealership, who was gunned down while riding his motorcycle in Cortes on Thursday morning.

According to Cortes police chief Lt. Roy Susvilla, several witnesses have told investigators that they will be able to recognize the lone gunman if they are shown his face.


“Daghan na tang nakastorya na taw na makaklaro sila og makakita sila og balik agtong nawnga so nangita pa ta’g cartographer…naa nay maka-describe,” said Susvilla on Friday.

Susvilla clarified that there was only one gunman, contrary to their initial claim that Ceballos was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men who rode in tandem.

The lone gunman took off his helmet while at a waiting shed in Canapnapan, Corella before he started to trail Ceballos who was on his way to Tagbilaran City.

“Gi-atangan ni sa may waiting shed ang [biktima] ‘nya gihubo man sa suspect ang iyang helmet so nakakita ang mga taga digto. Mao paggawas na sa biktima, gisundan. Unya ang suspect mi-overtake sa biktima somewhere diri sa national high school [Cortes],” Susvilla said.

According to Susvilla, they are also already looking into a possible motive behind the murder of Ceballos.

He however declined to divulge more information on the case so as not to jeopardize the ongoing investigation.

“Naa nay [anggulo] pero dili lang nato e-divulge. Basin ma-jeopardize ang investigation pero duol duol na ni,” he added.

Based on information gathered by Susvilla from the Corella Police Station, Ceballos was ambushed on May 19 right after taking his girlfriend to her house in Canapnapan.

He was left unscathed as the gunman who was armed with a shotgun missed.

“Ang nahitabo diay ana, May 17, gi-ambush na ning victim. After niya gihatod iyang uyab sa ilang balay, pag-uli niya gi ambush siya. Wa lang maigo. Karon pud, gikan siya gahatod sa iyang uyab mao puy pagtira sa iyaha,” said Susvilla.

Susvilla however said that they have yet to determine if both incidents were carried out by the same suspect.

He also noted the possibility that two different suspects carried out the two attacks but were acting on orders of a single person.

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