The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) filed on Thursday before the Department of Justice (DOJ) frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms charges against former NBI Director Magtanggol Gatdula and 12 others.
The NBI, which is the Philippines’ premier investigating body, is an attached agency of the DOJ.
Aside from Gatdula, the other respondents are businessman Tyrone N. Ong, Perfecto H. Villanueva, former policeman and close-in bodyguard of Ong; Ronnie R. Ong, Ramoso B. Ramos, Alfredo B. Compoc, Teodoro P. Abendano, Ricky Dacillo, Gerry Farillon, Jose P. Maglalang Jr., Gino Eustaquio, Aljun N. Monticlaros, and Alvin N. Monticlaros.
They were all charged with frustrated murder with treachery, evident premeditation and use of illegal firearms in connection with the ambush staged last February against NBI Deputy Director Reynaldo Esmeralda in Paco, Manila.
According to the NBI, the recovery of the firearms used in the ambush led to the identities of the accused.
The NBI investigation yielded sworn statements of seven individuals detailing the participation of the 13 respondents in the ambush of Esmeralda, DOJ Secretary Leila De Lima said in a press conference at the NBI on Thursday.
De Lima said the NBI recommended the filing of frustrated murder charges against former NBI Director Gatdula, business tycoon Tyrone Ong and 11 others.
It can be recalled that during the ambush incident, Esmeralda sustained wounds while his car was peppered with bullets while travelling along Pedro Gil St. in Paco.