A high-ranking official of the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) was shot dead on Thursday afternoon while on his way home from his office in Mandaluyong City.
Initial reports identified the victim as 62-year-old PCSO Board Secretary Wesley Barayuga, a lawyer, and a retired general.
He was gunned down by an unidentified assailant on a motorcycle around 3:30 PM at the corner of Calbayog and Malinaw Streets in Brgy. Highway Hills. Barayuga was accompanied by his driver, Jojo Bunao, when the shooting took place.
The driver sustained injuries and was taken to the VRP Medical Center.
According to the witnesses, the suspects, who boarded a motorcycle when they hailed Barayuga’s vehicle, fled off toward EDSA after the shooting incident.
Police said they recovered four empty .45-caliber bullets at the crime scene.
Barayuga is the second government official killed this week.
On Monday, National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) chief Dr. Roland Cortez and his driver, Ernesto Dela Cruz were killed by unknown suspects in Quezon City.