Gunmen try to burn drug lord suspect’s KTV

STILL unidentified gunmen tried but failed to set on fire the Infinity KTV Bar in Cebu City believed to be owned by suspected drug lord Peter Lim and his brother Wellington early morning Saturday before fleeing, police said.

A report from the Police Regional Office 7 said that two armed men wearing black bonnets and jackets arrived at the back portion of the KTV bar located along Tojong Street in Barangay Kamputhaw, Cebu City on board a white van being driven by an unidentified companion at 4:30 a.m. Saturday.

The suspects immediately approached security guard Winson Estrope, 25, and disarmed him of his issued caliber .38 revolver. The gunmen then lit five small plastic and one big plastic containers filled with gasoline before throwing them at the rooftop.

Employees of the KTV bar rushed outside the establishment after hearing the cracking sounds at the roof and after seeing the growing fire immediately put it out with their fire extinguishers. Damage to property was placed at P15,000.

Other witnesses said that the suspects hurriedly left the area after the incident. PRO7 director, Chief Superintendent Debold M. Sinas said they are still investigating the incident.

Last March 25, gunmen attacked Wellington Lim as he was about to board his vehicle outside the New Cebu Infinity KTV and Music Lounge along Archbishop Reyes Avenue in Bgy. Kamputhaw.

Lim was unhurt in the attack but one of his security guards identified as Wilson Bucay was killed and three others, two of them foreigners were hurt in the shooting.  During the investigation of the March 25 gun attack, police expressed puzzlement over the failure of the Lims to cooperate with the inquiry.

Wellington’s brother Peter was the one named by President Duterte as an alleged Chinese drug lord in the country. He, suspected Eastern Visayas drug lord Kerwin Espinosa and several others were the subject of a controversial dismissal order from the Department of Justice which earned the ire of President Duterte.

The case was ordered reinvestigated after the DoJ then headed by Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre reversed its decision following a public outroar.