THE Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Monday lauded the Philippine National Police (PNP) for its speedy arrest of a suspect in the killing of a radio broadcaster in Negros Oriental over the weekend.

Renato Blanco, a broadcaster for Power 102.1 DYRY FM based in Mabinay town, was stabbed Sunday night in Barangay Himocdongon.

Initial police report reaching the PTFoMS identified the suspect as one Charles Yanoc Amada, who was said to have fatally stabbed the victim in the right clavicle using a 10-inch knife. Blanco was rushed to a nearby hospital but was pronounced dead on arrival by the attending physician.

The suspect is detained at the Mabinay Police Station.

Joel Egco, a veteran journalist who also served as the task force's executive director under the Duterte administration, lauded the PNP for its swift action.

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While it is still too early to determine the exact motive behind the incident, it is presumed that the killing is related to Blanco's job as a radioman as a matter of policy, so that the full might of the task force "will be brought to bear against the suspect," according to Egco.

He likewise vowed that the PTFoMS will continue to monitor the case to ensure that justice will be served for Blanco and his grieving family.

The PNP is one of the key agencies which comprise the PTFoMS, with BGen. Roderick Alba as the main point person.

As the "first line of defense" of media workers in the country, the police are the first to respond to all threats against any media practitioners. They are likewise tasked to coordinate with PTFoMS Special Agents in expediting the investigation of cases of violence against media workers.