The Philippines: Capiz town administrator shot dead; calls for justice mount

03/05/21

Calls for justice are mounting for John Heredia, a municipal administrator of Pilar, Capiz and a former journalist who was murdered in broad daylight in Roxas City Sunday.

“We call for a thorough investigation and a swift resolution of the case,” said the National Union of Journalists of the Philippine (NUJP) in a statement.

The 54-year-old Heredia was shot several times in the head by a hooded gunman onboard a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. 

“While Heredia was no longer in media when he was killed, his death is a symptom of the culture of impunity in the Philippines,” NUJP pointed out.

Heredia’s killing happened a day prior to World Press Freedom Day. He was a longtime chairperson of the NUJP in Capiz  and served in the  NUJP national board of directors.

“This is a monstrous crime that must be investigated promptly and properly so that the perpetrators can be brought to justice,” the National Union of Peoples’ Lawyers (NUP-Panay chapter) said in a separate statement.

Heredia was the husband of human rights lawyer Criselda Azarcon-Heredia who survived a September 2019 ambush in which gunmen peppered her vehicles with bullets.  The wife has been previously red tagged.

The art and cultural community also condemned Heredia’s murder. He was also an artist, musician, and playwright.

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