Los Baños, Laguna—Provincial police director Col Serafin Petalio has formed the Special Investigation Task Group Perez to probe the killing of Los Banos Mayor Ceasar Perez on Thursday.
Lt. Col. Jesson Bombasi was designated head of the special investigation team with the support of Criminal Investigation and Detection Group-Laguna, Provincial Intelligence Unit, and other support units.
Perez, 66, married and a resident of Lopez Ave. Grove, Brgy. Batong Malake, Los Baños was shot dead by two unidentified assailants inside the municipal hall in Brgy. Timugan on Thursday night.
Laguna Governor Ramil Hernandez confirmed the death of Perez, who was once the province’s vice governor as well.
According to a police report, the mayor proceeded to the municipal hall after getting a massage at a spa at Brgy. Baybayin.
While Perez was walking into the receiving area, the suspects shot him twice at the back-left portion of his head from an unknown direction, then immediately fled to an unknown direction.
The mayor was immediately rushed to Health Serv Medical Hospital at Brgy. Batong Malake for medical treatment but was declared dead at about 9:25 p.m. by attending physician Dr. Godfrey Anijah-Obe after 30 minutes of trying to revive him.
The police could not determine who the culprits were and where the shots came from, although eyewitness accounts said they seemed to have come from afar.
Mayor Perez, former Bae town Mayor Bunoy Ramos, and former San Pablo City Mayor Vic Amante were tagged by President Rodrigo Duterte on his “narcolist” of politicians allegedly involved in the illegal drug trade.
Perez first served as Los Banos mayor from 2001-2010. He then served as Laguna’s vice governor from 2010-2013 before returning to the mayoralty. He was serving the last term of his second stint as mayor.
Perez became well-known for being among the first local leaders to implement a restriction on the use of plastic bags and making paper bags an alternative to keep the town clean and green.
The shooting of Perez was a sour ending to what was a busy day in his office.
While he was mainly monitoring the coronavirus disease situation in the town, in which two new cases had been tallied on Thursday, he still took time meeting barangay leaders to discuss ways of resolving legal matters within the counties.
Perez also handed the prizes to the winners of various activities related to the National Children’s Month last November.
He also gave the closing remarks on the second day of the Syensaya Science Festival, in which Dr. Eufemio Rasco Jr. of the National Academy of Science and Technology gave a speech on food security amid the pandemic.
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