THE Diocese of Bacolod said Tuesday that it strongly condemned the murder of former Pulupandan mayor Luis Mondia Jr. on February 17 in Jaro, Iloilo City.

“We appeal to the police authorities, the peace keepers and agents of justice in the region to enforce the law and seek for the swift resolution of the case and let the axe of justice fall on and prosecute those responsible for the crime,” said Bishop Vicente M. Navarra, D.D., in a statement.

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He said the police forces in Western Visayas should do great efforts in solving Mondia’s death and finding the perpetrators.

Mondia, who was seeking to regain his seat against incumbent mayor Magdaleno Peña, was shot to death by unknown suspects in the presence of his wife, Evelinda, and their seven-year-old grandson outside the Jaro Cathedral in Iloilo City after attending an evening mass on February 17.

Mondia sustained gunshots from a .45 caliber in his head, neck and armpit, police said.

Mondia was laid to rest at 3 p.m. Sunday at Sanctuario de Bacolod and close to a thousand supporters, friends, relatives, classmates, and politicians came to his burial.

Navarra called on the people for calm and sobriety and for the due process of law to take its proper course.

The Mondia Task Force, which was created to run after the former mayor’s assassins, is fast-tracking for the speedy arrest of the suspects.

Police believed that the suspects are members of guns-for-hire in Western Visayas who are on the watchlist already.

Police operatives and warrants of arrest were issued to them.