National Center for Mental Health (NCMH) chief Roland Cortez and his driver were shot dead on Monday morning, July 27, by unknown assailants.
In a phone interview with Rappler, Quezon City Police District (QCPD) Station 3 chief Lieutenant Colonel Benjamin Gabriel said Cortez and his driver were killed at around 7 am.
The investigation of the case will be headed, Gabriel said, by the QCPD Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit (CIDU).
Who is Cortez?
Cortez made headlines in April after one of the NCMH’s officials, Clarita Avila, said that the center was having an outbreak of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) all while having inadequate personnel and equipment.
After Avila made a series of statements to the media on the mental health center, Cortez issued a gag order against her. He later ordered her transferred to the Drug Abuse Treatment and Rehabilitation Center in Las Piñas City.
Cortez served under the Department of Health for more than 30 years. – Rappler.com