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BREAKING NEWS: 2 DEAD FROM SHOOTING IN CEBU; CHINESE CONSUL WOUNDED


OCTOBER 21 -Victim Hui Li being wheeled out of the Lighthouse restaurant in Cebu City following the shooting.
The Freeman MANILA, Philippines – Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua was wounded from a shooting incident inside a restaurant in Cebu City on Wednesday afternoon while his two companions, Hui Li and Sun Shen Lee were killed, according to reports from The STAR. Radio reports said Ronghua and group of Chinese nationals were attending a birthday celebration at the Lighthouse Restaurant when two armed men fired at them. According to STAR and The Freeman, the two suspects identified as Liqing Liang and Guo Jing, also Chinese nationals and employees of the Chinese consulate office were immediately arrested. The suspects carry .45 caliber pistol. The surveillance camera at the Lighthouse restaurant revealed that there was an argument ensued prior to the shooting. However, the local authorities have yet to identify the motive behind the attack. - Rosette Adel with reports from The Freeman THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Chinese deputy consul, finance officer dead in Cebu shooting


OCTOBER 21 -Christian Maningo/CEBU DAILY NEWS
CEBU CITY, Philippines — Councilor Dave Tumulak, head of the Cebu City’s Command Center, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Chinese deputy consul Sun Shan and finance officer Hui Li have died at a Cebu City hospital where they were rushed after they were shot at a restaurant. The police said the two were declared dead on arrival at the hospital. He said Sun was hit in the neck and Li in the head during the shooting inside a function room of the Lighthouse Restaurant along General Maxilom Avenue in Cebu City. He said Sun was a deputy consul in the Chinese consulate in this city while Hui was the consulate’s finance officer. Cebu’s Consul General Song Rong Hua, who was also wounded, was in stable condition, said Tumulak. The three were part of nine Chinese nationals who were having lunch inside the function room past 1:30 p.m. when shots were fired. Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch of the Cebu City Police Office, said two suspects were detained. They were Li Qing Liang and his wife, Gou Jing. Based on the footage of the closed circuit television camera, Li walked out of the restaurant shortly after the shooting. He left behind his firearm, a .45 caliber pistol. The firearm was later hidden by his wife. The couple were arrested at the Chinese consulate office at the Cebu Business Park during a hot pursuit operation, said Santander. SFM

ALSO: The 2 Chinese diplomats shot dead in Cebu


OCTOBER 21 -A recent photo of Chinese Consul-General Song Rong Hua (left) and a still photo grabbed from a video provided by radio station dyAB showing a woman, who was with the diplomat’s group, being led out of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cebu City. Consul-general survives attack; another diplomat, husband arrested.
CEBU CITY: Two Chinese diplomats were killed and a third was injured in a gun attack at a restaurant frequented by local politicians in downtown Cebu City on Wednesday, police said.
The Chinese consulate’s deputy consul Sun Shan and finance officer Hui Li were pronounced dead at the hospital, while the consul-general, Song Ronghua, was wounded, national police spokesman and Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said in a text message.Song was appointed consul-general in charge of the Chinese mission in Cebu only last September. Two were arrested after the attack–Li Qing Liang, reportedly the husband of a diplomat at the consulate, and Gou Jing, a member of the consular staff, according to Mayor. He said police retrieved a semi-automatic .45 Colt Defender pistol, three spent shells, two deformed slugs and a live round from the scene. The attack took place at 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Gen. Maxilom Avenue. A report from Cebu radio station dySS said the diplomats together with a group of Chinese were attending a birthday celebration inside the restaurant’s function room. READ MORE...

ALSO: Two Chinese nationals held in deadly Cebu shooting are flown to China


OCTOBER 24 -Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 21, 2015. China’s consul general in the Philippines’ second biggest city was wounded and two of his staff members were killed on October 21 during a lunchtime gun attack at a restaurant, police said. AFP FILE PHOTO Two Chinese diplomats have been flown to China to stand trial for a gun attack in the Philippines that killed two of their colleagues and wounded another, Philippine authorities said Saturday. China’s consul general in the central city of Cebu survived after being shot in the neck, but two of his staff members died during the lunchtime attack at a restaurant on Wednesday. READ: Two Chinese diplomats shot dead in Cebu resto “They (the suspects) already left last night, direct flight from Cebu to Xiamen,” foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose told AFP in a text message, referring to a southeastern Chinese city. “Yes, they will be prosecuted in China,” he added. READ: PH to yield 2 diplomats in Cebu killings to China The motive of the gun attack was not known, and the positions held by the two suspects at the consulate remained unclear. China has the death penalty, while the Philippines does not. The Chinese foreign ministry has given little information about the attack. Chinese embassy spokeswoman Li Lingxiao told AFP she had no comment to make on the Filipino government’s announcement over the transfer of custody. Staff at the upmarket Cebu restaurant earlier said the victims and suspects were among nine Chinese diners who had gathered to celebrate the birthday of the consul general, Song Ronghua. The Chinese embassy in Manila later described the couple as accredited Chinese diplomats and invoked diplomatic immunity, Jose has said. READ: When does diplomatic immunity end? The Cebu provincial police chief, Superintendent Tom Banas, told AFP police handed the suspects over to the Filipino foreign ministry on Friday night. “I was informed they have already been flown out to China,” Banas added. IDL THE FULL REPORT.

ALSO: Palace dismisses report tagging AFP as world’s 6th worst army; Coloma instead brags Aquino AFP upgrades


OCTOBER 22 -
Pin It FACEBOOK PHOTO -photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page photo A Malacañang official brushed off on Thursday, October 22, a recent article that ranked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as sixth worst army in the world.
Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said AFP modernization has always been a priority of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III. “Sa simula’t sapul ay kinilala ng Aquino administration ang kahalagahan ng pagpapahusay sa mga kagamitan ng ating Sandatahang Lakas,” Coloma said. (From the start, the Aquino administration knows the importance of modernizing the military.) He said that under the incumbent government, a total of 56 projects were approved and completed under the AFP Modernization Program as opposed to 45 projects under the previous administration. He added that the President has approved the items to be included in the second phase of the AFP Modernization Act, which was enacted into law in December 2012. He said “big ticket items” were included in the “phase II” program: READ MORE....


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BREAKING NEWS: 2 dead from resto shooting in Cebu, Chinese consul wounded


Victim Hui Li being wheeled out of the Lighthouse restaurant in Cebu City following the shooting. The Freeman

MANILA, OCTOBER 26, 2015 (PHILSTAR) | Updated October 21, 2015 - Chinese Consul General Song Ronghua was wounded from a shooting incident inside a restaurant in Cebu City on Wednesday afternoon while his two companions, Hui Li and Sun Shen Lee were killed, according to reports from The STAR.

Radio reports said Ronghua and group of Chinese nationals were attending a birthday celebration at the Lighthouse Restaurant when two armed men fired at them.

According to STAR and The Freeman, the two suspects identified as Liqing Liang and Guo Jing, also Chinese nationals and employees of the Chinese consulate office were immediately arrested. The suspects carry .45 caliber pistol.

The surveillance camera at the Lighthouse restaurant revealed that there was an argument ensued prior to the shooting. However, the local authorities have yet to identify the motive behind the attack. - Rosette Adel with reports from The Freeman


INQUIRER

Chinese deputy consul, finance officer dead in Cebu shooting By: Doris C. Bongcac
@inquirerdotnet Inquirer Visayas 05:13 PM October 21st, 2015  Christian Maningo/CEBU DAILY NEWS


Christian Maningo/CEBU DAILY NEWS

CEBU CITY, Philippines — Councilor Dave Tumulak, head of the Cebu City’s Command Center, confirmed on Wednesday afternoon that Chinese deputy consul Sun Shan and finance officer Hui Li have died at a Cebu City hospital where they were rushed after they were shot at a restaurant.

The police said the two were declared dead on arrival at the hospital.

He said Sun was hit in the neck and Li in the head during the shooting inside a function room of the Lighthouse Restaurant along General Maxilom Avenue in Cebu City.

He said Sun was a deputy consul in the Chinese consulate in this city while Hui was the consulate’s finance officer.

Cebu’s Consul General Song Rong Hua, who was also wounded, was in stable condition, said Tumulak.

The three were part of nine Chinese nationals who were having lunch inside the function room past 1:30 p.m. when shots were fired.

Chief Insp. Romeo Santander, City Intelligence Branch of the Cebu City Police Office, said two suspects were detained. They were Li Qing Liang and his wife, Gou Jing.

Based on the footage of the closed circuit television camera, Li walked out of the restaurant shortly after the shooting. He left behind his firearm, a .45 caliber pistol. The firearm was later hidden by his wife.

The couple were arrested at the Chinese consulate office at the Cebu Business Park during a hot pursuit operation, said Santander. SFM


MANILA TIMES

2 Chinese diplomats shot dead in Cebu October 21, 2015 10:48 pm by JOHN DX LAPID CORRESPONDENT


A recent photo of Chinese Consul-General Song Rong Hua (left) and a still photo grabbed from a video provided by radio station dyAB showing a woman, who was with the diplomat’s group, being led out of the Lighthouse Restaurant in Cebu City. Consul-general survives attack; another diplomat, husband arrested.

CEBU CITY: Two Chinese diplomats were killed and a third was injured in a gun attack at a restaurant frequented by local politicians in downtown Cebu City on Wednesday, police said.

The Chinese consulate’s deputy consul Sun Shan and finance officer Hui Li were pronounced dead at the hospital, while the consul-general, Song Ronghua, was wounded, national police spokesman and Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said in a text message.

Song was appointed consul-general in charge of the Chinese mission in Cebu only last September.

Two were arrested after the attack–Li Qing Liang, reportedly the husband of a diplomat at the consulate, and Gou Jing, a member of the consular staff, according to Mayor.

He said police retrieved a semi-automatic .45 Colt Defender pistol, three spent shells, two deformed slugs and a live round from the scene.

The attack took place at 1:30 p.m. at the Lighthouse Restaurant on Gen. Maxilom Avenue.

A report from Cebu radio station dySS said the diplomats together with a group of Chinese were attending a birthday celebration inside the restaurant’s function room.

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Supt. Romeo Santander, chief of the Cebu City Police Office Criminal Investigation Branch, told The Manila Times that he gunman casually walked into the restaurant and fired at the victims.

Santander said Gou was also arrested after witnesses said she took the pistol that Li allegedly left on the table before he fled.

A local police official, meanwhile, said they were prohibited by higher headquarters (Camp Crame I Quezon City) from making further statements as the incident involves “national security.”

Another police source said they are yet to determine the motive behind the attack but apparently the suspects and the victims knew each other.

Stephen John Patero, the restaurant manager, said the shooting happened in a private room of the upmarket restaurant, a favorite of local politicians.

“We did not really see the actual shooting. They were inside a private function room. There was a series of gunshots,” Patero told Agence France-Presse by phone.


UNDER INVESTIGATION Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (left) and her husband (right, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter at a police station in Cebu City. AFP PHOTO

But, according to him, waiters who served them beforehand had heard the guests shouting at each other.

“They are all friends who apparently figured in an argument,” he said, citing the waiters.

A spokesman at the Chinese Embassy in Manila, Li Lingxiao, said she could not comment immediately.

“Our embassy is still verifying the facts. We’ll update you as soon as I have anything new,” Li said in a text message.

Philippine Department of Foreign Affairs spokesman Charles Jose said he also had no comment, as authorities were still determining what happened. WITH BERNICE CAMILLE V. BAUZON AND AFP

One Response to 2 Chinese diplomats shot dead in Cebu
Ano Daw? says:
October 22, 2015 at 3:43 am
Nagka initan itong mga ito sa order — gusto ng consul pancit para sa lahat…. it went south from that point on… “Pancit?? Pancit na naman??? Sawang sawa na ako sa Pancit !!!!!!” Arrrrrrrgggghhhhh …. Bang !!


INQUIRER

Two diplomats held in deadly Cebu shooting flown to China SHARES: 750 VIEW COMMENTS @inquirerdotnet Agence France-Presse 12:26 PM October 24th, 2015


Two Chinese nationals, a consular officer (L) and her husband (R, with handcuffs), suspects in the shooting of Chinese consul general Song Ronghua at a restaurant, talk to an interpreter (C) at a police station in Cebu City, central Philippines on October 21, 2015. China’s consul general in the Philippines’ second biggest city was wounded and two of his staff members were killed on October 21 during a lunchtime gun attack at a restaurant, police said. AFP FILE PHOTO

MANILA, Philippines—Two Chinese diplomats have been flown to China to stand trial for a gun attack in the Philippines that killed two of their colleagues and wounded another, Philippine authorities said Saturday. China’s consul general in the central city of Cebu survived after being shot in the neck, but two of his staff members died during the lunchtime attack at a restaurant on Wednesday. READ: Two Chinese diplomats shot dead in Cebu resto

“They (the suspects) already left last night, direct flight from Cebu to Xiamen,” foreign ministry spokesman Charles Jose told AFP in a text message, referring to a southeastern Chinese city. “Yes, they will be prosecuted in China,” he added. READ: PH to yield 2 diplomats in Cebu killings to China The motive of the gun attack was not known, and the positions held by the two suspects at the consulate remained unclear. China has the death penalty, while the Philippines does not. The Chinese foreign ministry has given little information about the attack.

Chinese embassy spokeswoman Li Lingxiao told AFP she had no comment to make on the Filipino government’s announcement over the transfer of custody. Staff at the upmarket Cebu restaurant earlier said the victims and suspects were among nine Chinese diners who had gathered to celebrate the birthday of the consul general, Song Ronghua. The Chinese embassy in Manila later described the couple as accredited Chinese diplomats and invoked diplomatic immunity, Jose has said. READ: When does diplomatic immunity end? The Cebu provincial police chief, Superintendent Tom Banas, told AFP police handed the suspects over to the Filipino foreign ministry on Friday night. “I was informed they have already been flown out to China,” Banas added. IDL


NEWS CENTRAL PHILIPPINES

Palace dismisses report tagging AFP as world’s 6th worst army By Sophia Perez October 22 2015 5:40 PM


Pin It FACEBOOK PHOTO -photo from Armed Forces of the Philippines Facebook page photo

A Malacañang official brushed off on Thursday, October 22, a recent article that ranked the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) as sixth worst army in the world.

Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma said AFP modernization has always been a priority of the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

“Sa simula’t sapul ay kinilala ng Aquino administration ang kahalagahan ng pagpapahusay sa mga kagamitan ng ating Sandatahang Lakas,” Coloma said.

(From the start, the Aquino administration knows the importance of modernizing the military.) He said that under the incumbent government, a total of 56 projects were approved and completed under the AFP Modernization Program as opposed to 45 projects under the previous administration.

He added that the President has approved the items to be included in the second phase of the AFP Modernization Act, which was enacted into law in December 2012.

He said “big ticket items” were included in the “phase II” program:

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* two navy frigates worth P18-billion;
* three air surveillance radars worth P2.68-billion;
* six close air support aircraft worth P4.97-billion;
* two units of long range patrol aircraft worth P5.98-billion;
* multipurpose attack craft project worth P864.32-million;
* night fighting system worth P1.116-billion;
* two C-130 aircraft worth P1.6-billion;
* two naval helicopters worth P5.4-billion; and
* lead-in fighter trainer jets ammunition worth P4.47-billion.

Coloma likewise noted that the government was waiting for the delivery of fighter jets from Korea.

“Kaya makikita natin ‘yung kongkretong manipestasyon ng ibayong pagsisikap na gawing moderno ang ating Sandatahang Lakas at ito ay pinapatunayan sa pamamagitan ng pagkuha ng mga pinakamodernong kagamitan na gagamitin ng ating Army, Navy, at Air Force,” he said.

(That’s why we see the concrete manifestation of this government’s efforts to modernize the Armed Forces and this has been proven by its acquisition of the most modern equipment for the Army, Navy and Air Force.)

A group of former American soldiers who call themselves “We Are The Mighty” belittled Aquino’s efforts to improve the country’s aging military forces, saying that the Navy and Air Force are still stuck with old ships from the US despite the huge budget he poured into the AFP.

The group ranked the Philippines sixth behind the countries Costa Rica, Iraq, North Korea, Eritrea and Nigeria. In seventh place was Tajikistan followed by Mongolia, Saudi Arabia and Afghanistan.


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