Malacañang on Sunday condemned the killing of a broadcast journalist and ordered police authorities to immediately apprehend the perpetrators of the crime.
Joas Dignos, a reporter for radio station DXGT Radyo Abante in Valencia, Bukidnon, was shot dead by four still unidentified suspects on Friday night while riding a motorcycle along the national highway.
In a radio interview, Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that the Philippine National Police (PNP) is now conducting hot pursuit operations against the attackers of the slain broadcaster.
”Police authorities are under instructions to exert utmost efforts in bringing the assailants to the bar of justice,” he added.
Coloma reiterated that the Aquino administration “is determined to end the culture of impunity that has brought about these media killings.”
He said that the PNP has been strengthening its investigating arm while the Department of Justice has beefed up its battery of prosecutors assigned to build and file cases as well as closely monitor the trial of accused persons.
”We reiterate government’s commitment to solve the killings of journalists, broadcasters, and media practitioners through the combined efforts of all concerned government agencies,” Coloma added.
A Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) report said that at least 23 journalists were killed during President Benigno Aquino 3rd’s first 40 months in office or from July 2010 to October 2013.