National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) personnel in Laguna arrested one of the suspects in the shooting and murder of lawyer Joey Luis Wee in Cebu.
According to Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, the suspect was identified as “Peralta.”
In a report on GMA News “Saksi” on Wednesday, it was said that the identity of Fausto Peralta was determined due to his travel to Cebu and using a rented vehicle with GPS.
Peralta is said to be a security guard who first moved around before being apprehended by the authorities.
CCTV cameras at Wee’s office also helped because he was caught going there to monitor the lawyer’s movements.
The suspect vehemently denied the allegations against him.
The NBI has promised to pursue the others involved in Wee’s murder.
Lawyer Joey Luis Wee was shot dead by two unidentified men while walking to his office in Barangay Kasambagan, Cebu City.
Suspect on Cebu lawyer’s killing arrested in Laguna
According to the police, Joey Luis Wee, 51, sustained two bullet wounds in his body. He was rushed to a local hospital but died while being treated, said Police Maj. Dindo Juanito Alaras, chief of the Mabolo police station here.
Alaras said Wee had just got out of his car and was on his way to his office at Altchi Building at 1:30 p.m. when he was shot. The suspects escaped on a motorcycle.
Wee served as counsel for former officials of the Department of Public Works and Highways (DPWH) tagged in the controversial purchase of 1,800 lampposts in the cities of Cebu, Mandaue, and Lapu-Lapu in 2007.
Joey Luis Wee also defended agents and civilian assets of the National Bureau of Investigation in Central Visayas who attacked a van carrying off-duty resort employees in 2002.
Lawyer Regal Oliva, president of the Integrated Bar of the Philippines Cebu City chapter, denounced the attack “to the highest degree” in a text message to the Inquirer. “The attempt to take any lives will never be tolerated in a civilized society,” he said.
“We call upon all concerned agencies of government to immediately address this case and see to it that all perpetrators be brought to justice. We pray for his family that they may have all the strength and endurance to see this through,” Oliva said.