Police close to identifying killers of PCSO official

AUTHORITIES have gathered several pieces of evidence that could lead to the identification of the motorcycle-riding men who gunned down Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) board member Wesley Barayuga, a police official said on Friday, July 31, 2020.

“Natapos na po natin kahapon po ‘yung investigation at meron na po tayong mga nagawang pagkilala doon sa mga suspects base doon sa nakuha nating CCTV po... ‘Yung mga ginamit po na mga sasakyan at tinitsek po natin kung kanino po nakapangalan at ‘yung identities po nung mga suspects na involved doon sa pananambang doon sa biktima po,” Mandaluyong Police Director Hector Grijaldo Jr. said.

Barayuga, a retired general, was gunned on Thursday afternoon, July 30, while he was on his way home onboard a government vehicle at the corner of Calbayog and Malinaw Streets in Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City.

He bore gunshot wounds near the neck and under the armpit.

His driver Jun Gunao was also hit and is in critical condition.

Grijaldo said the suspects used two motorcycles and a sedan to execute the killing which the police said was well planned. He said the suspects could be members of a gun-for-hire group.

"Batay po sa CCTV po natin may dalawa pong motor na ginamit at magkaiba po ‘yung sakay at meron po ‘yung isang kotseng light brown na siya po ‘yung nag slow down o humarang doon sa sasakyan ng biktima at ito po ay walang plate number na pagkakilanlan,” he said.

“Tapos ito po ‘yung nabangga nung pickup na sinasakyan ni Mister Barayuga. Nabangga po ito at hindi ito nagreport dito regarding doon sa insidnte so tinitingnan po natin na possibleng conduit po ito ng suspect,” he added.

Grijaldo said among the motives the investigators are looking at are work-related or personal grudge.

Barayuga was among those who approved contracts that the agency enters into.

“So, maybe merong mga hindi nagustuhan kasi mayroon cancel ‘yung franchise, merong di napagbigyan," said Grijaldo.

Meanwhile, the PCSO condemned Barayuga’s killing.

"The incident is currently under investigation. The Security Office of PCSO is closely coordinating with the Philippine National Police in Mandaluyong City to immediately identify the persons behind the attack so that justice will be served," PCSO general manager Royina Garma said in a statement sent to reporters.

"With sadness, PCSO extends its deepest condolences to the bereaved family of Atty. Wesley A. Barayuga, our colleague, friend and family," she added.

Garma said Barayuga's untimely demise is a loss to the agency and his selfless dedication to public service will always be remembered.

"PCSO will not stop and leave any stone unturned in its quest for justice on this tragic event. May he rest in peace," said Garma.

She also said that she wished for the speedy and full recovery of Gunao. (SunStar Philippines)


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