By Vanne Elaine Terrrazola
Senator Grace Poe condemned on Thursday the killing of a radio broadcaster in Kidapawan City Wednesday night.
“We deplore the killing of Kidapawan radio commentator Eduardo Dizon and demand swift action from law enforcers to bring his perpetrators to jail,” Poe, who chaired the Senate Committee on Public Information and Mass Media, said in a statement.
Dizon, a Brigada News-Kidapawan City radio commentator, was shot by motorcycle-riding assailants while driving home from work along Quezon Boulevard around 10:35 p.m. Wednesday. He died from five gunshot wounds while the unidentified gunmen fled the scene.
Reports said Dizon had told police that he received death threats before he was killed. The Brigada Group, in a statement, claimed that the killing was an attempt to silence the broadcaster “in the wake of his relentless exposé against unscrupulous individuals and organizations involved in illegal undertakings.”
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) also believes that Dizon’s murder was related to his work.
Poe, meanwhile, appealed to concerned government agencies to give Dizon’s family the appropriate assistance.
She also called on the Philippine National Police to report on the progress of its investigation on the deaths of journalists.
“We have to know how the cases are moving and what support the families of the victims need in pursuing justice. Every killer who eludes justice can embolden the next. The cycle has to stop,” Poe said.
The NUJP said that if his death was confirmed to be work-related, Dizon would be the 13th journalist killed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the 186th since 1986.