Human rights lawyer ambush investigation stalled, IBP Cebu City says


It has been almost a month since Cebuano human rights lawyer Rex Fernandez was shot by an unknown assailant, but no one has yet been charged for his murder, officials from the Cebu City section of the Bar said. Integrated Philippines (IBP).

But attorney Regal Oliva, president of the Cebu City IBP branch, said she understands why investigators in the case could not yet identify a suspect or possible mastermind behind Fernandez’s murder.

Oliva admits that while the investigation into Fernandez’s murder may be at a standstill at the moment, she also understands the need for investigators to “slow down”, especially as they are gathering ever more evidence to support possible leads.

She added that the lack of eyewitnesses during the shooting is also one of the factors explaining why investigators have yet to identify a possible suspect or mastermind.

“We can’t even confuse other people with the shooter with this graphic sketch that the police have released, but we’re really at a standstill or at a standstill at the moment on the Atty investigation. Rex . Hope this can be resolved immediately, ”Oliva told SunStar Cebu.

On August 26, 2021, Fernandez was shot and killed by a lone assailant while in his car in Banawa, Cebu City.

Only Fernandez’s companions, namely his driver and real estate agent Rosinda Acot, survived the ambush.

Initially, the Cebu City IBP section requested the assistance of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct a parallel investigation into Fernandez’s murder.

The Cebu City Police Bureau is currently the lead investigator in this case.

The Supreme Court has also said it will conduct its own investigation into the matter. (KFD)

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