Cops invite suspect in hotelier's slay for questioning

Posted at 06/18/14 11:57 AM

MANILA – The police have identified a suspect in the shooting of hotelier Richard King.

Philippine National Police public information office head, Chief Superintendent Reuben Theodore Sindac, said the suspect is set to undergo questioning.

King, a 56-year-old owner of the Crown Regency Hotel chain, was shot by a lone gunman in Davao City on June 12 while he was dining with his employees.

''We have identified a suspect, in fact the suspect was already invited for questioning. Facial composite was already made, and we have published that,'' Sindac said.

King's remains have been brought to Cebu, where he was based. He is set to be laid to rest today, June 18.

King's family and the local government of Davao City have increased the initial P500,000 reward to P1.3 million for any information that could lead to the arrest of the hotel owner's killer.

Crime rates

Sindac also admitted crime rates are up, but these are still at a manageable level.

Sindac said this is why the PNP is improving its crime reporting system and empowering smaller police units to boost their investigative capabilities.

''We just corrected, reviewed, audited our system of crime reporting and made sure that all crime cases were covered and in fact it is being covered. Continuously we are improving on crime reporting system to get a more realistic picture of the crime situation on the ground,'' he said.

''Each police station must be empowered as far as their investigative capabilities are concerned. They must be able to conduct simple scene of the crime processes so they do not have to wait for SOCO even for small cases." – with ANC; June Perez, dzMM