Capiz governor urges Eleazar to swiftly resolve murder of town administrator

Published May 13, 2021, 2:33 PM

by Tara Yap

ILOILO CITY – Gov. Esteban Evan Contreras II of Capiz has urged newly installed Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Police Gen. Guillermo Eleazar to swiftly investigate the May 2 daylight murder of John Heredia, a former journalist and administator of Pilar, Capiz.

John Heredia  (John Heredia Facebook)

“I am hoping the new PNP chief will look into this and give it justice,” Contreras said Thursday.

The 54-year-old Heredia was killed by a hooded gunman while in the parking lot of a hardware store in Roxas City.  The killer fled onboard a motorcycle driven by a male accomplice. 

Police do not have concrete leads yet almost two weeks after the crime occurred.

Contreras had earlier announced that the Capiz provincial government is offering a P100,000 reward for any information leading to the arrest of the suspects.

While Heredia was the latest in the list of unresolved killings in Capiz, Contreras called on the PNP hierarchy to prioritize beefing up the peace and order. 

“Capiz is a small province.  The killings are not good for the image of our province,” Contreras said.

Contreras said that business leaders have been calling him to express their concern.

“No local government wants this to happen.  I hope the PNP chief can address ways to improve the peace and order here.  The provincial government is willing to improve our partnership to address this,” Contreras added.