Authorities in Davao del Norte are now forming an inter-agency task force that will look into the death of Panabo City-based publisher Dennis Denora.
This was bared by Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office director Sr. Supt. Allan Manibog on Wednesday’s AFP-PNP Press Corps media briefing at the Royal Mandaya Hotel.
Manibog said this will be called Task Force Denora which is in line with the Administrative Order 1 creating the Presidential Task Force on the violation of the right to life, liberty and security of members of the media signed by President Rodrigo R. Duterte.
“The SITG (Special Investigation Tasked Group) Denora we formed is already incorporated in this task force,” he said.
He said Task Force Denora will be composed of the Philippine National Police, offices from the Department of Justice such as the Tagum City Prosecutor’s Office and National Bureau of Investigation, and Armed Forces of the Philippines.
Manibog said he will be the co-chair of the task group along with Tagum City Proseuctor Noel Palma.
He said the task force is now focusing on the identification of the gunman who perpetrated the murder of Denora.
The provincial police chief said investigators are evaluating the Close Circuit Television Camera (CCTV) footages around the crime scene because this might help the investigation.
Manibog also said they submitted the cellphone of Denora for forensic examination because authorities might extract information relating to the crime.
He said investigators are also looking for possible persons of interest of the case based on the information that they got but he did not divulge yet.
Manibog said as of the moment, they are considering all the motives on the killing such as work related, personal grudge and even love triangle.
“But we will not focus on the motives yet because we are concentrating on the identification of the assailant,” he said.
He said once the suspect will be identified and arrested they could get more information on who is behind the killing of the Denora.
Denora was shot to death by a still unidentified gunman at around 1:00 p.m. of June 7 along the national highway fronting Century Bank then fled on foot toward an unknown direction.
The victim was at the front seat of his car driven by Mayonito Rivera.
Denora was reportedly hit in his head that resulted to his untimely death while his driver companion sustaind two gunshot wounds in his right hand.
Recovered in the crime scene are three fired bullets and a fired cartridge case of suspected caliber 45 pistol ammunition.