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Cebu trader denies hand in Reluya ambush

CEBU CITY – The lone political opponent of San Fernando, Cebu Mayor Lakambini “Neneth” Reluya is willing to submit himself to an investigation to clear himself of allegations that he masterminded the ambush-slay on the mayor, which claimed the lives of her husband and two others, last Tuesday.

Businessman Ruben Feliciano, who is running against Reluya for mayor, denied he was responsible for the ambush that occured in Barangay Linao, Talisay City.

Feliciano also denied the creation of a “kill list” that targeted Reluya, her husband Ricardo, and four other local officials for their alleged involvement in the illegal drugs trade.

“I strongly deny any involvement in the so-called “kill list” insinuated by my political rivals, more so on any hand in the ambush of Panadtaran Barangay Captain Ricarso “Nonoy” Reluya and two other people. I am extending my sincerest condolences to the bereaved families of the victims. No one deserves to die in such a gruesome manner,” Feliciano said.

“While it may true that I and the Reluyas had disagreement over my port project, which resulted in filing of several charges in court and in the Ombudsman, I chose to bring the matter to court because I believe in the rule of law. I am not the kind of person who will take the law into my own hands. I will never resort to violence,” added Feliciano.

Supt. Virgilio Bayon-on, spokesperson for the Special Investigation Task Group on the Reluya ambush-slay, said they are ready to coordinate with Feliciano to investigate the allegations against him.

Bayon-on disclosed that at least three to four persons that are being investigated over the incident but he cannot divulge their identities just yet.

He admitted he and his personnel are somewhat pressured following the ultimatum issued by PNP chief Director General Oscar Albayalde to solve the case in less than two weeks. (Leslie C. Vestil)