4 relieved in death of Quezon mayor’s son

March 18, 2019

LUCENA CITY -- To assure the public of fair and impartial investigation on the death of a Quezon mayor’s son and bodyguard, the city police chief and three other policemen involved in the alleged shootout were ordered relieved from their posts.

Quezon police director, Senior Supt. Osmundo de Guzman yesterday issued an order relieving Tayabas City police director Supt. Mark Joseph Laygo. He was replaced by Supt. Roderick Tonga.

Also relieved were PO3 Christopher John Siman, PO1 Perry  Malabaguio and PO1 William Allan Ricamonte, all assigned at the Public Assistance Center who were involved in the alleged shootout that left Christian Gayeta, 21, son of Sariaya, Quezon Mayor Marcelo Gayeta and his body guard Christopher Manalo, 38, dead on Thursday morning at Bgy. Calumpang, here.

The relieved policemen were assigned at the Provincial Holding Administrative Section (PHAS) at the Quezon police provincial office headquarters.

But De Guzman clarified that the relief of four policemen doesn’t mean that they have committed wrongdoing in connection with the incident.

He said its only a preventive measure to pave the way for a thorough investigation now being conducted by the Provincial Investigation and Detective Management under Chief Insp. William Angway.

“We will see to it that our investigators will be fair in handling the case”, said De Guzman.