Task force vows justice for slain ex-journalist

THE death of former journalist Michael Marasigan will be thoroughly investigated by the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).

Joel Egco, executive director of PTFoMS, pledged to bring to justice the suspects who killed Marasigan in San Juan City on Thursday night.

Egco, upon the instructions of Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, told the authorities "to leave no stone unturned in finding out who are the perpetrators behind this dastardly attack."

"The PTFoMS is deeply saddened and strongly condemns, in no uncertain terms, the killing of Michael D. Marasigan, former editor of The Business World and his brother, Christopher in San Juan City yesterday," Egco said in a statement.

"The PTFoMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and provide the necessary legal assistance," he added.

Reports said Marasigan and his brother, Christopher, were killed by unidentified gunmen in an attack near their residence in San Juan City last Thursday evening.

Marasigan was a communications consultant at the Department of Finance. Prior to his public service, he served as former editor of Business World and became an independent producer for the Living Asia channel.

Egco said that while the authorities are yet to determine whether Marasigan's case falls under the mandate of PTFoMS, the killing might be related to his previous work as a journalist.

The PTFoMS, which was created by President Rodrigo Duterte in July 2016, is tasked to protect the life, liberty, and security of media workers.

Egco assured that the task force would uphold its mandate to free media practitioners from any security threats.

"The task force is committed to fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them and their families," he said.

Justice Secretary Vitaliano Aguirre II also ordered the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to look into the killing of Marasigan.

Aguirre said he wants to know if the gun attack is related to Marasigan's previous work as a journalist or as an employee of the DOF.

Members of the Philippine National Police are now looking into possible motives behind the killing. (SunStar Philippines)
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