Malacañang yesterday condemned the murder of an Iloilo radio blocktimer in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental, and assured that the full force of the law is being applied to swiftly identify and apprehend his killers.
Niel Jimena, 42, who was on board a motorcycle, was shot in the back by two men on board another bike in a chase in EB Magalona, Monday night.
The killing of Jimena, believed to have been perpetrated by a gun-for-hire, may have been related to his job, although the drug-related angle has not been ruled out, Supt. Samuel Mina, Task Force 3rd District chief, said yesterday.
His task force is now being assisted by the Criminal Detection and Investigation Group in the probe into the killing, Mina said.
“We condemn his murder and call on those who may have information concerning the case to swiftly contact the authorities," presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said in a press statement.
“We have tasked the PNP (Philippine National Police) to constantly update us on the progress of their investigation," he said.
“To his loved ones, we extend our deepest sympathies and we will work to ensure justice is done," Lacierda added.
Mina, on Tuesday, said that before his death, Jemina had been receiving threats through text messages, due to his commentaries against a politician in Iloilo, whose identity is being withheld by the police.
He said their initial investigations disclosed that Jimena had told his live-in partner in EB Magalona that if something bad happened to him, the person behind the threats should be held responsible.
Jimena, a former “informant” of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds.
A native of La Paz, Iloilo, he was temporarily residing in Brgy. Alicante, EB Magalona.
The killing may be linked to Jimena’s twice-weekly show "Judge" over DYRI-RMN in Iloilo where he regularly criticized the Iloilo City mayor and other local officials.*CPG