NBI: Tayabas’ ex-top cop planned to kill Mayor Gayeta’s son
Former Tayabas City police chief Superintendent Mark Joseph Laygo had planned the killing of Christian Gayeta, the son of Sariaya, Quezon Mayor Marcelo Gayeta, the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) revealed on Thursday (April 11).
“Initially it was reported as a gun for hire shootout with the Tayabas PNP (Philippine National Police) headed by chief Laygo,” said NBI Lucena District Office (NBI-LUCDO) chief Dominador Villanueva III.
Villanueva noted that the dead victims, Christian and his companion Christopher Marcelo, were even tagged as gun-for-hire suspects in the police report.
“But pieces of evidence collated and investigated by the NBI revealed otherwise,” Villanueva said.
He said that 14 Tayabas policemen have testified “how the shootout was planned by Chief Laygo.”
Villanueva also disclosed that some of the witnesses were even forced to make a false report about the incident at the threat of death.
Though the reports said the shootout took place at around 4 a.m. on March 14, he said there are also photographs which showed that at around 11 p.m. of March 13 the victims were already arrested with Laygo already present at the site.
He added that forensic examination of the victims showed that they were shot at close range.
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