SAN Antonio, Nueva Ecija -- Municipal Mayor Arvin C. Salonga, who is running unopposed for a second term in next year’s midterm polls in what was considered a record being the first time to occur in the town’s political history, has offered a P200,000 bounty for any information that could lead to the arrest of the lone gunman in the killing of councilor bet Allan Joson here last Friday.
Joson, 42, of Bgy. Julo, was standing a few meters from his house talking to his neighbors when an unidentified motorcycle-riding man drove past him, pulled out a gun and shot him at 4:25 p.m.
The murder incident occurred two days after he filed his certificate of candidacy for councilor at the municipal election office last Wednesday. Joson formerly ran but lost in the town’s 2016 vice mayoral race.
Earlier, Police Regional Office 3 director Chief Supt. Amador V. Corpus said they are looking at politics and personal grudge as among the possible motives behind the killing.
Newly-installed acting provincial police director Senior Supt. Leon Victor Z. Rosete, who assumed office on Wednesday or two days before the killing, said his command is exerting all efforts to bring to the bars of justice Joson’s killer.
He said he already created a “Special Investigation Task Group” to thoroughly investigate Joson’s murder. The task group is headed by Supt. Angel Bondoc, deputy provincial director for operations, with members of the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group, the National Bureau of Investigation and the San Antonio police under Chief. Insp. Marlon D. Cudal.
Cudal said all the CCTV footages along the escape route of the gunman are being collated and examined for any possible clues that could help in the investigation.
Mayor Salonga, who is running unopposed as a re-electionist along with Vice Mayor Julie Maxwell, asked the authorities to dig deeper into the case so that justice will be served to the family of Joson, also a former elected number one town councilor.
Salonga also appealed for calm and sobriety among his constituents because the authorities are doing their best to get Joson’s killers as soon as possible.