September 5, 2019
Unscrupulous individuals are apparently trying to make money following an attack on a lawyer in this city on Monday.
At least three Cebu-based human rights lawyers received a call from a man claiming to be a leader of a gun-for-hire group from Davao City, who demanded P100,000 from them in exchange for sparing their lives. The caller said the lawyers’ names were on his group’s hit list.
But lawyers Magdalena Lepiten, Ian Manticajon and Kim Grace Mendoza suspected that the calls might have been a scheme to extort money from them.
The calls were received in separate times on Tuesday, a day after two men on board a motorcycle attacked lawyer Inocencio de la Cerna while he was leaving the Cebu City Hall of Justice.
De la Cerna survived the attack, but had cuts from glass shards after the suspects fired at his Toyota Land Cruiser.
Lepiten said she received a call at 9:39 a.m. Tuesday from a certain Bobby who claimed to be from Davao.