THE family of Luis Mondia Jr. has decided to bury the former Pulupandan mayor in Bacolod City.

Gina Mondia said the family came up with the decision “so as to avoid any further hassle.”

Luis was gunned down by two unidentified assassins on Wednesday night at the premises of a cathedral in Jaro district in Iloilo City. He was with his wife, Evelinda, 25-year-old son and seven-year-old grandson.

Evelinda rushed him to the Iloilo Mission Hospital after the shooting but the latter expired several hours later.

Gina declined to talk to media about her brother’s killers, saying “we just want at the moment to be in peace and respect on our privacy while we are still fixing things for the resolve of my brother’s death.”

Luis and Gina filed their respective certificate of candidacy for mayor and vice mayor in Pulupandan town in November 30, 2009. The Mondias are running as independent candidates.

The Commission on Elections has placed Pulupandan in the list of election areas of concern in Negros Occidental due to intense political rivalries and history of election-related violence in the past.

Luis was municipal mayor of Pulupandan from 2004-2007 but he lost the seat to incumbent Mayor Magdaleno Peña in the succeeding elections.