Guevarra orders NBI to probe La Union ambush

Published November 19, 2018, 6:04 PM

by Francine Ciasico

By Jeffrey Damicog

The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been ordered on Monday to investigate the ambush of local executives in La Union which resulted in the death of Balaoan Vice Mayor Alfred Concepcion and the wounding of his daughter, Mayor Aleli Concepcion.

Senior Deputy Executive Secretary Menardo Guevarra announces during a press briefing in Malacañang that the matter concerning the closure of the resorts in Boracay is currently one of the top priorities that are being discussed by the cabinet citing that it would not only concern the environmental aspect of the issue but the economic impact as well. (TOTO LOZANO/PRESIDENTIAL PHOTO / MANILA BULLETIN)
Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra disclosed he himself gave the directive for the NBI to conduct the probe of the incident.

“I will now issue a department order,” Guevarra told reporters yesterday.

“The victims’ families have asked the NBI to conduct the investigation,” he pointed out.

On the morning of Nov. 14, unidentified gunmen ambushed the convoy of the Balaoan local executives in front of their house in Barangay Cabua-an.

The convoy comprising two vehicles was supposed to leave for the municipal hall when it was strafed by the suspects who were armed with high-powered firearms.

The vice mayor and his escort Mike Ulep were killed in the ambush.

The vice mayor who suffered multiple gunshot wounds was rushed to the Balaoan District Hospital and later transferred to the Lorma Medical Center in San Fernando City but was declared dead.

The mayor and eight others were hurt in the incident.