Broadcaster’s coffee shop strafed

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ON TARGET Broadcaster Anthony Taberna (above) before the bullet-riddled glass panels of his coffee shop in Quezon City after unidentified men (below) attacked the establishment.  PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

ON TARGET Broadcaster Anthony Taberna (above) before the bullet-riddled glass panels of his coffee shop in Quezon City after unidentified men (below) attacked the establishment. PHOTO BY MIKE DE JUAN

Two men raked a coffee shop in Quezon City (Metro Manila) owned by a popular radio and television commentator with gunfire at past 1 a.m. on Friday.

No one was reported hurt in the incident, which happened hours after members of the Iglesia ni Cristo INC or Church of Christ) started massing at the Department of Justice in Manila to press for the ouster of Justice Secretary Leila de Lima.

The establishment’s owner, Anthony “Tunying” Taberna, is a member of the INC and is reportedly related to one of the personalities involved in a rift that rocked the church recently.

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A closed-circuit television footage showed two men with handguns firing at the coffee shop

It is not yet known if the strife within the INC is linked to the shooting although investigators are looking into Taberna’s job as a commentator as a possible motive.


The coffee shop along Visayas Avenue in Barangay Vasra opened last week.

A closed-circuit television footage showed two men with handguns firing at the coffee shop, shattering its glass panels. Another footage shows one of the gunmen checking on the establishment’s security guard before drawing a gun from his waistband. The security guard ran for cover and was not harmed.

The perpetrators sped away in two waiting motorcycles after the shooting.

Police recovered at least 15 spent .45 caliber shells from the crime scene.

A journalist who is also a member of the INC posted on Facebook that Taberna purportedly received a text message from a “personality” denying involvement in the incident.

“Let me assure you Tunying na hindi namin tropa ang tumira sa resturant [sic]mo [that the gunmen who attacked your restaurant]are not from our group. Maayos ako kausap [I’m a nice guy]. Just let me know how I can help,” the message allegedly read.

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  1. I am for religious freedom and separation of church & state. But if crime is committed in the practice of one’s religion, the state has all the right to intervene in the exercise of its police power. For examples, religious rite involving human sacrifice can no longer be done because its is simply a case of murder; and polygamy is not allowed in the country since getting married more than once is a punishable crime (except for Muslims under their constitutionally recognized Shariah law). Both are crimes penalized under our Revised Penal Code (RPC). The same is true where a person is deprived of one’s freedom and liberty, as in the case of INC officers unlawfully detaining one of its pastors and his family. The latter filed .a formal complaint and it is the duty of the DOJ to act on it. For Sec. de Lima to dismiss the criminal charge on the excuse that the detention is simply an incident of internal controversy among members of the same sectarian group would be a dereliction of duty on her part. The kapatids are not exempt from the operation of the RPC.

  2. mayabang si ka tunying panay banat niyan sa oposisyon lalo na nung presidente pa si Gloria,yumaman ang loko daming raket sa pulitiko kunwari interview PR pala na me bayad tumigil kana hahahaha! banatan mo ang kurapsyon sa loob ng religion niyo di namin alam kung ano dini dios niyo. Mga Pulis kapag naggulo ang mga miembro ng INC na yan dakpin niyo ,hagisan niyo ng teargas at paluin niyo ng batuta ano kayo sinuwerte? porket INC kayo kahit anong gusto niyong manggulo puede? iisang milyonlang pinagmamalaki niyo sa mga gagong pulitiko, ang katoliko pa nag straight yan sa pagboto di kami magdidikta sa kalalabasan ng resulta at sino gusto namin panalunin sa election, pero gamit naminutak kung sino iboboto namin di gaya niyo kung ano dikta ng pinuno nyo yun binoboto niyo.Gamitin niyo utak, kapatid!

  3. magugulo kayong miembro ng iglesia ni manalo, tumiwalag na kayo diyan ang yayabang niyo 1 miyon lang kayo samantalang ang katoliko sa Pilipinas ay mahigit 90 milyon.Mga miembro diyan ubos ang pera niyo kahati ang mga pinuno niyo na mga kawatan at may DAP din parang gobyerno ni Pnoy.

  4. Parang Ninoy Aquino assassination ito, somebody wants to make the INK leadership look bad. It looks like there is a psychological operation being waged against the Iglesia that reminds one of the psy ops being waged against the Muslims. Mukhang na-infiltrate sila at ngayon niyayari sila in a well-planned follow up campaign to demonize them and/or to create religious strife. Who will benefit is the question.

  5. they should hunt down these assasins and eliminate them. the country is like a paradise for guns for hire

  6. Felimon A. Soria on

    Now members are resorting to violence instead of going to court to settle differences. I think it speaks well of the church leadership. Oh I know, Sec. De Lima should give in if she wants to elected senator.