Carranza assures fair probe of Gayeta slay

March 20, 2019

LUCENA CITY -- The police will be impartial in the investigation on the alleged rubout perpetrated by policemen that left a Quezon mayor’s son and his companion dead.

This was the assurance given by Police Regional Office 4-A ditector Chief Supt. Edward Carranza to Sariaya Mayor Marcelo Gayeta whose son,  Christian and companion Christopher Manalo were killed on  March 14 in Tayabas City, Quezon.

Accompanied by Senior Supt. Joseph Arguelles, the newly installed Quezon police director, Carranza visited the wake of Christian in Sariaya town to personally condole  with the victim’s family.

Aside from the police investigation, Carranza assured Mayor Gayeta that the Quezon police office under Arguelles is extending its full cooperation to the ongoing parallel investigation being conducted by the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)- Quezon under chief agent Dominador Villanueva.

“We have now a new provincial director and a new city police chief in Tayabas. I assure you mayor that they are professional police officers,” said Carranza.

For his part, Gayeta thanked Carranza for visiting them and for his assurance of fair investigation.

Despite what happened, the mayor said he still respects and trusts the police.

“Sa katunayan po, tuloy tuloy pa rin ang aking suporta sa aming police station hanggang ngayon”, said the mayor.

Meanwhile, a reenactment of the alleged rubbout was conducted by the NBI at the crime scene in the presence of whistle blowers PO3 Christopher John Siman, PO1 Perry Malabaguio and PO1 Allan Ricamonte.

Villanueva said the trio’s statements remain consistent during the crime  reenacment saying it will strengthen the case against the alleged perpetrators.

He said they are still waiting for the PNP-SOCO report and the autopsy report from the bureau’s forensic experts led by Dr. Antonio Vertido.

Arguelles who witnessed the reenacment vowed to cooperate with the NBI.