IMUS CITY, Cavite: A personal grudge was behind the recent killing of a CNN Philippines assistant cameraman here, the Cavite Provincial Police Office (CPPO) said on Friday.
The motive was established based on an exchange of text messages between the victim, Jonathan Oldan, and the still unidentified gunman.
Oldan’s cellphone is now in the custody of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) of the Philippine National Police (PNP).
Malacañang also on Friday vowed justice for the killing of the assistant cameraman.
“We condemn the killing of CNN Philippines’ employee Jonathan Oldan,” Communications Secretary Herminio Co-loma Jr. said in a statement.
Coloma added that authorities are looking for the suspect in Oldan’s killing.
“The [PNP] has been directed to pursue those who may have been responsible for his death so that the ends of justice may be served,” he said.
According to cavite police spokesman Supt. Anthony Tapulao, they have created a Special Intelligence Task Group to track down the CNN staff’s killer.
Oldan, 30, was gunned down on his way to work on Thursday by an unidentified assailant 500 meters from his house in Imus City.
He sustained seven gunshot wounds in different parts of the body, killing him instantly.
Police investigators told this reporter that they believe the suspect was a trained shooter based on their analysis and evaluation of three of the gunshot wounds.
Tapulao said they already have leads and evidence but added that they cannot divulge the identity of the suspect until a warrant of arrest has been issued by the courts.
According to the police spokesman, the suspect and the victim knew each other.
A witness saw the incident but police said he now fears for his life, as do other witnesses.
The shooting happened at 5:30 in the morning while many customers were buying from a bakery where the inci-dent happened.
Supt. Redrico Maranan, Imus City chief of police, said they need more time before they can arrest the suspect.
According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, if the death of Oldan, a single father, was work-related, he would be the third media practitioner killed this year, the 27th under the Aquino administration, and the 167th since 1986.
CATHERINE S. VALENTE