Malacañang on Wednesday condemned the killing of a radio broadcaster, and directed the police force to hunt down the perpetrators of the crime.
Speaking to reporters, Presidential Communications Operations Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said that Philippine Information Agency-Region 11 Director Efren Balbuena identified the victim as Rogelio “Tata” Estrada Butalid who was shot dead by unidentified assailants in Tagum City, province of Davao del Norte.
Reports said that Butalid of Radyo Natin had just finished his radio program when armed men reportedly blocked his path and shot him four times.
Coloma said that authorities are now conducting operations and further investigation to determine the motive of the killing.
“Nagpaparating po tayo ng ating dalamhati sa kaganapang ito at ang Philippine National Police po ay inaasahan nating magsasagawa ng karampatang aksyon para matunton po ang mga responsable sa pagpaslang kay Ginoong Butalid,” he added
In the past weeks, two broadcasters were murdered in Mindanao particularly in the provinces of Bukidnon and Surigao del Sur.
No perpetrators were captured by authorities until today in relation to said killings.
Meanwhile, Coloma reassured that the government will pursue efforts to arrest the suspects behind the recent killings of journalists.
He said that government agencies involved in investigation and prosecution have combined efforts to put an end to media killings. CATHERINE VALENTE