Raps filed vs suspect in Bukidnon journalist slaying

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Thursday, December 5, 2013

THE Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Northern Mindanao filed murder raps against one of the identified suspects in the killing of Bukidnon radioman Joash Dignos at the City Prosecutor’s Office in Valencia City on Tuesday afternoon.

CIDG-Northern Mindanao chief Pedro Austria said Dionisio Daulong is one of the suspects whose sketch was bared by police on Monday.

Two of the witnesses identified Daulong from the CIDG’s rouges’ gallery, Austria said.

Daulong is one of the escapees from the Valencia City Jail in September this year.

“Daulong has series of murder and other criminal cases including the murder case we filed against him on Tuesday,” Austria said.

Dignos is laid to rest at the Valencity City Public Cemetery today, December 5.

Downplayed state of media

In the Philippine government’s effort to downplay the state of media murders, but also less than vigorous effort to arrest and prosecute the masterminds and gunmen, took a double hit on Wednesday from two international media organizations.

“Yet another journalist death shows that the government’s claims that this problem is ‘not that serious’ is a farce,” according to the International Federation of Journalists(IFJ), in reference to the fatal shooting of Dignos.

In a separate statement, Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres, RSF) said that Dignos’s murder illustrates that Philippine authorities “still have a great deal to do to fulfill their duty to protect journalists and combat the continuing impunity.”

RSF noted that Dignos was killed just six days after the fourth anniversary of the November 23, 2009 massacre of 32 media workers in nearby Maguindanao province, the deadliest assault on the press on a single day, which is now observed worldwide as International Day to End Impunity.

RSF welcomed the creation of a special task group to investigate Dignos’s murder yet also reiterated the need for government to “act preemptively to end violence against journalists.”

Published in the Sun.Star Cagayan de Oro newspaper on December 05, 2013.

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