NBI’s Samar office handles probe of March 8 deaths of Mayor Aquino, others

Published March 10, 2021, 3:31 PM

by Jeffrey Damicog

The Samar district office of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has been tasked to investigate the March 8 deaths of Calbayog City Mayor Ronald Aquino and his bodyguards.

National Bureau of Investigation (NBI)

NBI Deputy Director Ferdinand M. Lavin said Justice Secretary Menardo I. Guevarra has issued the order for the probe.

The investigation will be augmented by the a forensics team from the NBI main office in Manila, Lavin said.

The shooting incident happened along Laboyao Bridge in Barangay Lonoy in Calbayog City at about 5:30 p.m. last Monday, March 8.

Last Tuesday, March 9, Guevarra issued Department Order No. 057 which ordered the NBI “to conduct an investigation on the shooting incident… and, if evidence warrants, to file the appropriate charges against all persons involved and found responsible for any unlawful act in connection therewith.”

Guevarra also instructed NBI Officer-In-Charge Director Eric B. Distor “to submit reports on the progress of the subject investigation directly to the Office of the Secretary within ten days and periodically thereafter.”