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    OROQUIETA CITY, Misamis Occidental: A Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) has been organized to investigate the killing of radio broadcaster Cosme Maestrado in Ozamiz City.

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    Misamis Occidental Police Director Senior Supt. Archival Macala activated the task force based on the order of Police Regional Director Chief Supt. Lyn- del Desquitado.

    Maestrado, the anchorman of Ratsada program of the DXOC-Radyo Pilipino, was shot dead by gunmen on Thursday outside a shopping center in downtown area Ozamis City.

    The motive of the killing is still unknown, but the attack came barely a week after an unidentified gunman also murdered 65-year-old Gregorio Ybañes, president of the Davao del Norte Press and Radio Club, in Tagum City in Davao del Norte.

    Ybañes was shot outside his house and his murder remains unsolved.

    On Friday, the police has recovered the two motorcycles used as getaway vehicles by the four gunmen responsible in the gun slay.

    Macala said one of the motorcycles was recovered near a bank while the other was found along the highway in Barangay Bañadero, Ozamiz City.

    “Both motorcycles are now in the custody of the police as part and parcel of evidence to the killing,” Macala said.

    It appeared that Maestrado was the sole target of the suspects since they spared the lives of the people who was with him during the incident.

    A policeman, clad in civilian clothes, tried but failed to react as one of the four suspects ordered him at gunpoint to lay down on the ground and was subsequently disarmed.

    Meanwhile, Ozamiz City Mayor Reynaldo Parojinog disclosed that they would conduct an independent investigation over the incident.

    Parojinog personally knows Maestrado since the victim has served as his media consultant.

    Various media organizations have condemned the killing of Maestrado and Ybañez. The Human Rights Watch said the Aquino administration’s record in ensuring accountability for the killers of journalists has been dismal.

     WITH PNA

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