Members of the Philippine Military Academy “Matikas Class” of 1983 have put up a P1-million cash reward for anybody who could provide information that would lead to the arrest of persons responsible in the ambush-slaying of Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) corporate lawyer Wesley Barayuga in Mandaluyong City on July 30 this year.
The Matikas Class offered the reward after his case had gone cold despite efforts by investigators from the special investigation task force (SITG) created by PNP Eastern Police District and the National Bureau of Investigation to identify, arrest and prosecute Barayuga’s killers.
Barayuga, a member of the PMA Class 1983, was on his way home from his office at Shaw Boulevard when he was shot four times by a gunman aboard a motorbike at about 3:36 pm last July 30 at the corner of Calbayog and Malinao Streets in Barangay Highway Hills, Mandaluyong City while traffic was at a standstill.
In a news statement, the Matikas Class said: “Any person having any information related to the crime is requested to call the PMA Matikas Class of 1983 at telephone numbers 0921-6540715 [Smart] or 0967-3155108.”
“The information given that leads to the determination of the identity and apprehension of any person, or persons, will be given the reward no later than one month after his/their arrest. All reward claims must be in writing and shall be received in person,” the statement added.
It added that the reward money may be apportioned among various persons and/or paid for the various persons “as the circumstances fairly dictate.” The money claim could be made at the PMA Alumni Center at Camp Aguinaldo, Quezon City.
Barayuga, appointed as PCSO corporate secretary on January 24, 2018, had been instrumental in cleansing the roster of small-town lottery operators that replaced the illegal numbers game of “jueteng” in Central Luzon and masiao in the Visayas.
He retired from the service with a rank of police general on October 31, 2014 as deputy director of the Directorate for Logistics at Camp Crame. He finished his law degree in 1996 at the University of San Agustin in Iloilo City where most of his tour-of-duty as a junior officer were spent.
Barayuga’s PMA classmates described him as a humble man of honor who takes pleasure in availing even of the most modest ways of living, like taking public transportation in going to and from work.
Relatives of Barayuga described as grossly irresponsible the accusation of a ranking Metro Manila police general that the victim had a shady past and links with illegal drugs.
Barayuga was instrumental in the compliance of policy decisions in cleansing the roster of STL operators and this may have hurt the operations of some notorious gambling lords who cheat the government by making their STL franchise as cover for their jueteng and other illegal gambling operations.
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