Masked gunmen kill Capiz town administrator
ILOILO CITY—Two masked gunmen shot dead a Capiz town administrator in Roxas City, the provincial capital, on Sunday afternoon.
John Heredia, a long-time and well-known journalist in Capiz before he was appointed administrator of Pilar town, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
Heredia, 54, had just come out from a hardware store in Barangay Lawa-an when he was repeatedly shot as he was about to board his vehicle.
He was executive producer and host of the cable television program “Abri Aga.” He also wrote for community newspapers.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Heredia was a former national director and chairperson of its Capiz chapter.
Lawyer Criselda Azarcon-Heredia, the victim’s widow, confirmed that her husband had received death threats but did not elaborate.
“Let the police investigation (take) its course,” she told reporters in Roxas City.
Criselda, a member of the National Union of People’s Lawyers, escaped unharmed from an armed attack in September 2019 in Sigma town in Capiz after her vehicle was fired upon by assailants in another vehicle.
It is unclear if the two incidents are related.
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