Palace vows justice for slain broadcaster

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Malacañang on Friday condemned the killing of broadcaster and human rights activist Teodoro Escanilla.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government wants justice for Escanilla, who was gunned down by unidentified assailants in his home at Tagdon village, Barcelona town, in Sorsogon province on Wednesday.

“Kinokondena ang pagpaslang kay Teodoro Escanilla. Tutugisin ang mga pinaghihinalang salarin at papanagutin [We condemn the killing of Teodoro Escanilla. We will hunt down the suspects, and they will be put on trial],” Coloma added in a statement.

Escanilla, 59, is the spokesman for rights group Karapatan in Sorsogon and hosts “Pamana ng Lahi” radio program in local radio station dzMS.

Escanilla’s death followed the fatal shooting of Tagum City-based journalist and Davao del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club president Gregorio Ybañez who died on Wednesday morning.

Ybañez, 67, was on his way home when he was shot several times by still unidentified assailants.

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