Arrest of Mau’s slay suspect shouldn’t have made public

TAGBILARAN CITY – The arrest of the alleged suspect of anchorman Maurito Lim’s murder should not have made public yet, according to the media man who have the knowledge of the update.

He said that it appeared that police coordination over the arrest of a drug pusher and suspect in the killing of Lim broke down, the mediaman said.

He said that the media were requested by police officers, whose identities were withheld, not to divulge yet that the drug suspect is also an assumed killer of “Mau” Lim.

But what happened was that two weeklies published Sunday the said suspect not only in drug-related story but in “Mau’s” killing. The mediaman also said that some media appeared disregarding “etiquette” of their sources’s plea not to make public yet any information regarding the suspect’s circumstances.

The suspect, who was cornered in a drug buy-bust operation conducted along F. Rocha street in this city, was identified by the police as one Jovane C. Orenia, a resident of Danao, Bohol.

The mediaman said he did not make any news about it because of the police request so as not to pre-empt the on-going investigation.

The supect confessed to the police minutes after his arrest that currently he is residing in a prominent family of F. Rocha, Poblacion III in this city. The identity of the prominent family was kept under wraps while investigation is going on, he said.

A caliber .45 pistol with numerous bullets and suspected “shabu” granules contained in a number of plactic packs believed to be worth Php2,000 plus and a mobile phone were confiscated from the said suspect, police said.

According to the mediman that what prompted the police to make the Mau’s murder suspect secret was that the bullets seized from him are still to be put under ballistic test to find out if it’ll match with the one that hit the anchorman.

Mau Lim was shot to death on Valentines day by still unidentified gunman before the former got off from his Isuzu Crosswind.

He was the anchor of “Chairman Mau on Board” program of said radio station. He used to be in-tandem with lawer Victor dela Serna, who is a staunch critic of imcumbent Gov. Edgar Chatto.

Weekly papers reported that police ruled out a media-related as the motive of Mau’s murder in broad daylight infront of the said radio station.

But Mau’s associates and media friends are skeptical on the police’s finding, discounting the possibility that the motive was not media-related. (rvo)

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