MANILA, Philippines – The killing of Abel Martinez, vice mayor of Mambusao town in Capiz, might have been motivated by politics.
His family said an unidentified man had been visiting Martinez in his home to convince him not to run for mayor of Mambusao in the 2013 elections.
Martinez was told that “something bad would happen” if he pushed through with his plan to enter the mayoral race.
Police, meanwhile, noted that Martinez had no known personal enemies or rivals in business who wanted him dead.
Martinez, a member of President Benigno Aquino III’s Liberal Party, was being groomed to run for mayor against a certain engineer Labao.
Transportation and Communications Secretary Mar Roxas, also a member of LP, has offered a P500,000 reward for anyone who can give information that would lead to the arrest of the suspect and the mastermind in the killing of Martinez.
A special investigation task group has also been formed to look into the case.
Meanwhile, Mambusao Mayor Jose Alba, who is on his third and last term, urged the police to look for concrete evidence first before concluding that Martinez was killed by his political rivals.
Before running for vice mayor, Martinez served as a board member in Capiz for nine years.
He was gunned down in front of his house along Rizal Street in Barangay Poblacion Proper by a lone assailant on Friday morning. -- Report from Nony Basco, dzMM