Malacañang offers P2M reward for suspect’s arrest
An official of the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) in Region 4-A sustained four gunshot wounds and remained in critical condition as of press time after a gunman fired at him near his office in Calamba City, Laguna province on Monday morning.
Investigators are looking into reports that DILG regional director Renato Brion has been receiving death threats since his assignment to Regions 2 and 3 and the National Capital Region.
Interior and Local Government Secretary Mel Senen Sarmiento condemned the shooting as a treacherous act.
The Presidential Palace swiftly ordered the arrest of the suspect and offered a reward of P2 million for his capture.
Brion just alighted from his car at the parking area of Anderson Building along the national road in Barangay Parian at about 7:35 a.m. when the assailant approached and fired at him.
Calamba City Police chief Supt. Renato Ortega said Brion sustained two gunshot wounds in the head, one grazed his waist and another landed on the back of his neck.
He was brought for treatment at the Calamba Medical Center, where he was declared in critical condition.
At least two suspects—one acted as lookout—apparently waited for the director at the building across his office where he usually parks his vehicle.
Ortega said investigators are looking into reports that Brion has been receiving death threats.
“Such dastardly act has no place in a civilized society,” Sarmiento said in a statement emailed to Camp Crame reporters.
Brion was the DILG regional director for the NCR when the suspension order to former Makati Mayor Junjun Binay was served in March.
He is a respected leader of the DILG and is a known expert in the field of local governance, Sarmiento added.
“The DILG is deeply saddened by this violent act perpetrated against a loyal and dedicated public servant who is due to retire in the next few months after several years of committed service to the people,” Sarmiento said.
“Rest assured that the DILG will leave no stone unturned until the perpetrators are brought to justice. We would like to assure our countrymen that the DILG will not be fazed by this challenge and we shall continue to put the interests of our people on top of our priorities,” he added.