On Monday, a tricycle driver has witnessed two motorcycle riders fire shots on the National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) chief Dr. Roland Cortez, 61, and his driver, Ernesto Dela Cruz, 46, which ended their lives after sustaining a number of gunshots.
The Department of Health (DOH) said in a statement that it “is shocked and alarmed at the news of the ambush” of Cortez. The government agency regarded him as “a respected leader who sought to treat clients with utmost dignity.”
“The DOH family extends its deepest condolences to the families of Dr. Roland and Mr. Ernesto and vows to pursue justice for their untimely demise,” the DOH added.
The DOH is now working with the investigation unit of QCPD to assure that the assailants are properly sanctioned to the fullest extent of the law.
It has been found out that in 2019, Cortez has filed a complaint at the Office of the Ombudsman vs. another NCMH ranking official and 13 others over alleged graft and malversation.
The police are now looking at the motive behind the killing.