Weak leadership to blame for media slays, says VACC

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The Volunteers Against Crime and Corruption (VACC) on Wednesday said that the government’s failure to address the culture of impunity is behind the spate of media killings.

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Dante Jimenez, founding chair of the VACC, lamented that the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) seems to have forgotten that crime prevention is also part of its mandate, thus more journalists are being killed.

“It is sad to think that this government is not doing anything to stop not only the media killings but also other forms of crime,” he added.

Jimenez condemned the killing on Wednesday of Rogelio “Tata” Estrada Butalid, a commentator at the Radyo Natin in Davao del Norte, who was gunned down by unidentified gunmen while he was about to leave the radio station.

“Criminal syndicates are taking advantage of the Aquino administration’s weak leadership that is why crime incidents are on the rise,” Jimenez said.

On Wednesday, Sen. Joseph Victor Ejercito called on Malacañang to seriously address the rising incidents of journalist killings, saying that its continuous inaction only encourages criminals.

“As guardian of public interest, Filipino journalists should be accorded greater security to motivate and encourage them to perform their duties and responsibilities as informers of the people,” Ejercito said.

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