Editorial: Disturbing development

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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

IT WAS a shock to realize that a man earlier reported to have been killed in a daring operation right inside his office where he was with a big number of his distributors turned out to be a well-known billionaire from Cebu.

When the report about the murder of Richard L. King was first sent as text message by a reporter, we regarded it as a daring assassination, but didn’t recognize the name as someone “big-time”. Not until our colleagues in Sun.Star Cebu called to ask about the killing.

With the arrest of three suspects Sunday afternoon comes an even chilling revelation as one of the suspects claimed he received a call from a police officer in the afternoon of June 12 to look for King at his Vital C Office in Barrio Obrero.


Beyond that, no one is talking officially. The unofficial stories, however, can send chills up your spine.

If what is being said off the record is true, then it’s sad that police officials have gone this low. Sadder still because Dabawenyos have most of the time held their local police in high regard. Apparently, the support of the local government has been encouraging police officers and their men who are assigned in Davao City to do their jobs well. But to be told that there are guns-for-hire on call to do the dirty work is very disturbing.

Dead men tell no tale. King is dead, we will never know what it is that earned him an assassin’s bullet except what the alleged assassins will be saying. Apparently, King kept a tight watch over his business here as his wife claimed they did not know he had major businesses here. That leaves a big blank wall. Add to that his other businesses in other places, and we face a vast room of possibilities with a big blank wall within.

What is it that will earn an assassin’s bullet as ordered by a police officer? We, ordinary citizens will never know, too.

We’re as concerned as when we realized it was a billionaire who was assassinated in what he deemed was the safe confines of his office. More concerned now because one of the suspected killers is saying it was upon the order of a police officer.

We are hoping that after this revelation, that people will be well apprised on how the case is developing. Given the claim of the assassin, the least the public deserves is transparency and justice that favors no one except the truth.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on June 24, 2014.


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