Police eye intimidation in strafing of Taberna cafe


Posted at Aug 28 2015 09:32 AM | Updated as of Aug 29 2015 09:29 AM

MANILA - Police are eyeing intimidation as the possible motive in the strafing of a cafe owned by ABS-CBN anchor Anthony Taberna before dawn Friday.

Chief Supt. Edgardo Gonzales Tinio, head of the Quezon City Police District, said it is unlikely that business rivalry is the cause of the strafing, noting that the cafe just opened a week ago.

"Mukhang pananakot," Tinio told ABS-CBN News.

Taberna refused to speculate on the possible cause of the attack. He, however, noted that the assailants had no intent to rob the place and did not take anything from the cafe.

Initial reports said two gunmen sprayed bullets at the newly opened Ka Tunying's Cafe, owned by Taberna, located at Visayas Avenue in Quezon City.

One of the gunmen even asked a security guard at a separate establishment beside the cafe if he was armed before the shooting started. "May kargada ka ba?" the gunman allegedly asked the security guard.

One security guard inside the cafe was unharmed after hiding behind the stairs.

Authorities later recovered 15 bullet shells from caliber .45 pistols at the crime scene.