Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra yesterday said the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) is ready to conduct a parallel investigation into the recent ambush incident in Ba-laoan, La Union that resulted in the death of the town’s vice mayor, an aide, and the wounding of its mayor.
“I have alerted the NBI to stand by and join the investigation as the circumstances may warrant,” Guevarra told reporters. “As much as possible, we want the local police to assume primary responsibility,” he said.
In the meantime, Guevarra said, “the NBI is keeping a tight watch of what’s happening on the ground.”
Last Wednesday morning, unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy of Balaoan Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and his daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion, in Bgy. Cabua-an.
The convoy of two vehicles was supposed to leave for the municipal hall when it was peppered with bullets by the suspects who were armed with high-powered firearms.
The vice mayor suffered multiple gunshot wounds and was rushed to Balaoan District Hospital and later transferred to Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando City but was declared dead. His escort Mike Ulep was also killed.
Mayor Concepcion is still being treated in a hospital, as well as eight others who were also hurt from the incident.