A group of unidentified armed men have barged into the house of Land Transportation Franchising and Regulatory Board (LTFRB) Chairperson, Teofilo Guadiz III in Dagupan City on Wednesday, Dec. 13.
Based on police reports, the unidentified men arrived in a white van and a black sport utility vehicle and managed to enter after offering a bag of groceries to the person manning the gate.
The gunmen were looking for Guadiz inside the house, where his 91-year old mother and housemaid are staying, who also witnessed the incident. The report also added that the men tied up the mai’s arms and feet but did not inflict any harm. They checked every room in the house in search of Guadiz.
Reports also stated that the men took two cell phones and around P1,000 cash. The men then hurried back into the vehicles and headed south, passing along Barangay Malued.
The LTFRB chairperson released a statement on Dec. 14, stating that the family is still reeling from the incident.
“This traumatic experience, especially for my 91-year-old mother, has left us deeply unsettled,” Guadiz stated. In the same statement, he said that there were more than 10 men that entered their residence. “It seems personal, and the motive remains unclear,” Guadiz said with further words confirming he is fully cooperating with authorities in investigating the matter.
“While this incident has shaken our family, I remain committed to my responsibilities at the LTFRB, and I am confident that justice will be served. Updates on the investigation will be provided as they become available,” he ended.
The incident occurred a day before the Pinagkaisang Samahan ng mga Tsuper at Operator Nationwide held a two-day long protest strike against the government’s public vehicle modernization program. The investigation is still ongoing.
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