Cebu road rage suspect used unlicensed firearm: police

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Mar 22 2017 11:05 AM | Updated as of Mar 22 2017 02:02 PM

David Lim poses for a mugshot at the PRO-7 headquarters.

Authorities are still hoping to find the gun used by road rage suspect David Lim Jr., in a shooting incident in Cebu City.

"It’s part of the investigation na ating ginagawa, at sana magkaroon ng positive result dito sa baril na ito," said Chief Superintendent Noel Taliño, director of the Philippine National Police-Central Visayas.

Taliño said Lim could not remember where he placed the gun.

"Iyun ang isang tinatanong ko kahapon nung nakausap ko siya. Dine-deny na niya at ang sabi niya di na niya alam kung saan niya nalagay," he said in an interview with DZMM.

Based on investigation, it was learned that Lim does not own a firearm. "Lumalabas na wala. Meaning ito ay unlicensed firearm. Ito ay loose firearm," Taliño said.

Lim, who is detained at the Cebu City Police Office, is facing frustrated homicide and illegal possession of loose firearms.

However when assessed by the Prosecutor's Office, the charge of illegal possession of loose firearms became illegal possession of ammunition since no firearm was recovered.

"Sila po nag determine ng kaso at yun po ang lumabas at nai-file na kaso," he explained.

Investigators are likewise checking if Lim's other relatives own a gun.

Lim, who surrendered Tuesday with help from presidential aide Bong Go, is accused of shooting 33-year-old nurse Ephraim Nuñal. A video of the Sunday incident has since made rounds online.

Nunal is still confined in a hospital and is being secured by two police officers.

"Kinausap ko na si Col. [Joel] Doria to coordinate with hospital management kung pwedeng ma-exempt ang mga pulis nating nagbabantay sa biktima at madala yung kanilang mga baril dahil iyun ang concern ng family ng victim," Taliño said.

Two witnesses who already submitted their affidavit also sought police protection.

"Naiintindihan nating natatakot sila, sila yun primary witness dito sa kasong ito at ina-assure natin yung kanilang safety," he said.

Meanwhile, he said that a case was also filed against Lim's female companion, Tamae Takahashi.

"Nakasuhan na yung kasamang babae pero naging regular filing kasi at large nga yung babae," he said.

In a Facebook post by Cebu City Mayor Tommy Osmeña yesterday, he said Lim's female companion just took the bar.

"I hope she doesn't compromise her future as a lawyer because she refused to do what was right," he stated.

Lim is a nephew of Peter Lim, whom Duterte tagged as a drug trafficker in July last year. Peter denied his alleged drug links in a meeting with the President in Malacañang.