Family member is person of interest in Pavia murder

By: Jennifer P. Rendon

POLICE investigators might not have to look too far in solving the gruesome murder of a 22-year-old woman in Pavia, Iloilo.

But Police Captain Fernand Limbungan, Pavia police chief, did not elaborate when asked if a family member or relative is “a person of interest” in the murder of Eira Jane Fabiaña.

“Just to clarify, this individual is a person of interest and not a suspect,” Limbungan said.

In police and legal parlance, a person of interest is someone “law enforcement authorities would like to speak with or investigate further in connection with a crime.” (

Limbungan also acknowledged receiving information about the killing of Fabiaña but “these are rumors and hearsays. Kun ano mga nabati-an nyo, nakalab-ot naman na sa amon.”

“We need witnesses and someone who could stand up to his or her accusations before the Court. If not, this will remain as chismis (rumors),” he said.

Limbungan said they are not keen on providing details of the ongoing investigation because they might reveal sensitive information.

Still, he said that every piece of information is being considered because it might lead them to establishing the motive for Fabiaña’s murder and the possible suspect/s.

He said they continue to gather evidences and talk to persons who knew the victim.

A few days ago, Limbungan said they were facing a blank wall on Fabiaña’s murder.

Last Thursday, a second case conference was conducted by members of the special investigation task group (SITG) created to solve the murder.

But it appeared that the circumstantial and forensic evidences gathered are not enough to pinpoint a possible motive and suspect.

Even Police Colonel Marlon Tayaba, Iloilo police chief, has sparingly provided details of their ongoing investigation.

Initial probe showed that Fabiaña had sustained six injuries after her head was struck with a hard object.

Fabiaña’s body was discovered by her older brother around 4:45 a.m. of July 17, 2019 at the family’s home in Purok IV, Pavia.