Former NBI chief Epimaco Velasco dies

Posted at 01/27/2014 3:17 PM | Updated as of 01/27/2014 3:17 PM

MANILA - Former National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) chief Epimaco Velasco has died at the age of 79.

His family said Velasco was rushed to the Divine Grace Hospital in General Trias, Cavite on Sunday because of a heart attack. He expired on Monday morning at 8:00 a.m.

Velasco also became chief of the Department of Interior and Local Government as well as Cavite governor.

He was most memorable, however, as chief of the Department of Justice agency. His life was even portrayed in a movie about the capture of one of the most wanted in Cavite, Leonardo Manecio aka Nardong Putik.

Velasco lost his own son, Cavite Provincial Prosecutor Emmanuel Velasco, to a heart attack in May 2013.

Velasco’s remains will be brought to the Manila Memorial Park in Paranaque. His body will then be transferred to the Trece Martires Capitol on Wednesday.

By Friday, the wake will be held at his pastoral church in Cavite. His body will then be cremated on Sunday afternoon. – from a report by Eric Dastas, dzMM