• Palace condemns latest media slay


    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


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    1. The none-stop killing of journalists, the latest being the 24th under PNoy’s watch, is abominable and should alarm every citizen of this country. The failure of the Aquino’s administration to bring the perpetrators to justice, shows either its incompetence or lack of concern to protect freedom of speech and the lives of journalists in our country.

      Many journalists where killed in the Maguindanao Massacre. Yet, four years after this heinous crime of the century happened, the case is still unresolved today and there is no time-frame on when this case will be resolved. Aquino should instruct Sec. de Lima to fast-track this case before all the witnesses are eliminated.

    2. Wake Up Mga Pinoy on

      Puro na namn ba mga pangako yan? Malabo nang lumiwanag pang makaita ng daan kung sino talaga ang salarin. Ilang taon na ang nakakalipas pero wala paring hustisya sa mga biktima. Sasabihin pa nilang sa maagang panahon.