2 gov't exec's slays probed

August 04, 2020

THE National Bureau of Investigation will conduct a separate investigation into the recent killings of the director of the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) and the board secretary of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO). 

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra directed NBI Officer-In-Charge Eric Distor to conduct a case-build up and, if warranted, file charges against anyone involved. 

Guevarra gave the NBI 10 days to submit an initial report. 

Last Thursday, Wesley Barayuga, board secretary of the PCSO, was shot dead in his car in Mandaluyong City. His driver, Jojo Gunao, was hurt.

Initial police report said that around 3:30 pm, the victims were traveling in a white Mitsubishi Strada somewhere in Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong, when a lone unidentified assailant suddenly appeared and shot them.

Barayuga died on the spot.

In another incident, Roland Cortez, Nation Center for Mental Health director, and his driver were gunned down by motorcycle-riding assailants in Quezon City last July 27.

Cortez, 61, and NCMH employee Ernesto de la Cruz, 46, were in a car when they were fired upon by the suspects at the corner of Cassanova Drive and Tandang Sora Avenue in Barangay Culiat at around 7 a.m.

Police said they found the victims dead with multiple gunshots to the body.