The Bulacan Police Forensic Unit processed the crime scene where 33 year old John Emerson Parfan, employee of the municipal government of San Rafael was killed while on his way to work and to attend the Monday morning flag ceremony. Photo from the Bulacan Provincial Police Office

CAMP GEN. ALEJO SANTOS, Bulacan—Police are focusing on personal reasons as possible motives behind the killing of a 33-year-old employee of the municipal government of San Rafael while driving his car on the way to work and to attend the June 5 Monday morning flag ceremony.

Col. Relly Arnedo, Bulacan police director, identified the victim as John Emerson Parfan, a staff member of the mayor’s office and a resident of Barangay Tambubong.

Arnedo rules out possible job-related angle in the killing. However, he refused to elaborate.  The focus of their investigation now he said will be based on personal angle, he told NEWS CORE.  

Parfan was driving his black Toyota Avanza with his partner, identified as Concepcion Sherine Gonzales, and one Corazon Zafra at 7:50 a.m. in Sabang, Baliwag along Cagayan Valley Road which is just about 400 meters away to the municipal hall when two unidentified male suspects on a motorcycle approached the left side of the victim’s vehicle and fired successive shots.

Parfan suffered bullet wounds to his body and was immediately brought to Ace Medical Center in Baliwag town where he was later declared dead while undergoing treatment.

Gonzales and Zafra, however, were both unhurt, said San Rafael police chief Col. Isagani Enriquez.

Reynaldo Buenaventura, head of the municipal disaster risk reduction management office told NEWS CORE through phone on Tuesday that they have known the victim as a jolly person with good reputation and has no known enemy in the municipal government.

The victim, he added, has long been working in the mayor’s office as a co-terminus employee.