THE Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) headed by Brig. Gen. Matthew Baccay strongly condemns the ambush Saturday morning of San Fernando City councilor candidate and incumbent Barangay Magliman Chairman Alvin Mendoza.
Baccay said Mendoza was on board an SUV (sports utility vehicle) from Bgy. Alasas going to Bgy. Magliman when two motorcycle-riding men fired shots at the vehicle.
Mendoza was rushed to the San Fernando Hospital but later died.
Baccay ordered an immediate probe into the killing.
“We are looking into all angles to establish the possible motives. We are exerting all [our] means to get to the bottom of this unfortunate incident.
Baccay extended condolences to the victim’s family and assured them and the public of the PRO3’s commitment to the speedy resolution of the incident.
“We continue to solicit public support, so if anyone has information on this case, do not hesitate to come forward and please report to the nearest station or through the PNP (Philippine National Police) hotline 0998 5985330/0917 6235700,” Baccay said.
Meanwhile, Pampanga Governor Dennis “Delta” Pineda slammed the ambush.
“Nakikiramay po ako sa mga kapamilya, kaibigan, at kabaryo ni Kapitan Alvin Mendoza ng Barangay Alasas sa City of San Fernando,” Pineda said.
“I strongly condemn the senseless killing on Mendoza nine days before the May 9 elections, where he is running as a councilor,” Pineda said in a statement.
“I learned he was shot as he drove for his family at past 6:00 a.m. on Saturday in the vicinity of a residential subdivision. I thanked God that members of his family were safe,” the governor added.
“I have asked the Philippine National Police (PNP), through PD Col. Alvin Consolacion, to investigate the killing,” Pineda said.
“I am deeply concerned this happened after still unidentified assassins killed Barangay Captain Rainer “Balot” Asban of Sto. Niño in Guagua town last January in a gasoline station there,” the governor pointed out.
Pineda was referring to Bgy. Concepcion chairman Rogelio “Jonjon” Salvador, a candidate for councilor in San Simon town, was also killed in an ambush in November 2021, killing his driver-cousin Joel Salvador and friend Arnel Caparas.