TOKYO: While it cannot promise a total end to the killing of journalists, the government can promise it will never stop in going after the perpetrators and make sure they pay for their crimes, President Benigno Aquino 3rd said on Friday night.
In an interview with journalists, the President said that as far as the Executive Branch is concerned, it will go after the perpetrators of heinous crimes and build airtight cases against them to ensure their conviction.
“Now we cannot promise that there will never be any shooting (or) killing of anybody. What we can promise is we will never stop in trying to come up with the suspects,” he said.
But he also said there is a need to come up with a more holistic approach, such that people will learn to settle differences civilly and not take the law into their own hands.
Still, he said people who commit crimes “have to be brought before the bars of justice,” and the government has not stopped its efforts toward this end.
The President also said he has told all the people involved that filing charges should not be the measure of success as much as the conviction of the defendant.
“I tell all the people involved, filing a charge is not the measure of success. It is the conviction. Up to now we really want conviction that will send the message you do a crime, you pay the price,” he said.
In past weeks, three media practitioners were shot dead while a radio reporter in Iloilo was wounded in an ambush. PNA