By Argyll Cyrus Geducos
Malacañang lauded the swift arrest of two persons suspected to be involved in the killing of radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso in Dumaguete City Thursday.
In a statement, Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said charges against former Police Corporal Glenn Corsame, a retired personnel of the Negros Oriental Provincial Police Office (NORPPO), and a certain Teddy Reyes Salaw.
Corsame and Salaw were arrested Thursday afternoon, hours after Generoso was killed by two men riding a motorcycle while he was on his way to do his radio program.
“We would like to congratulate the swift and successful operations of the PTFoMS led by Undersecretary Joel Egco with the Police Regional Office in Central Visayas, under P/BGEN Valeriano de Leon, Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office (NORPPO), and the Dumaguete City Police Station under P/MAJ Jesus Masahon Jr. which led to the immediate arrest of the suspects behind the killing of dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio broadcaster Dindo Generoso,” Andanar said.
However, Andanar said the arrest of the two suspects was not the last step in bringing justice to Generoso and his family.
“The arrest of the suspects is just the beginning of our quest to bring justice for Generoso and his family. This also shows the relentless determination of President Duterte and the PTFoMS, as well as the entire administration in addressing the threats to our media professionals and to solving all forms of violence against media, especially, killings,” he said.
For his part, Egco praised the PNP officers and colleagues from the media for providing useful information that led to the arrest.
“We will continue to actively protect the rights and lives of our media professionals, and constantly seek justice for those who have been affected by these senseless acts,” Egco assured.
PTFoMS reported that the authorities tracked down the owner of the motorcycle used to gun down Generoso. The search led the team to Batinguel, Dumaguete City where they chanced upon Salaw who reportedly tried to draw a firearm when he was approached by the authorities.
Probers, later on, found out that Salaw was then exchanging text messages about the killing with Corsame, who was later traced and nabbed by investigators.
PTFoMS also reported that the suspects were supposedly in the employ of an unnamed powerful politician in the province.
“While the mastermind and the motive for Generoso’s killing are still the subjects of ongoing follow-up operations, appropriate charges are being prepared against Salaw and Corsame,” the PTFoMS said.
On Thursday, Malacañang said President Duterte ordered the authorities to leave no stone unturned to prosecute those behind the killing of Generoso.
“We would like to condemn the killing of broadcaster and blocktimer Dindo Generoso who, we understand, was killed at around 7:25 this morning,” Presidential Spokesman Salvador Panelo said.
“The President has directed the authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and to prosecute those behind the killing,” he added.
Generoso was an anchor for development programs of the local government. His program in Bai Radio was sponsored by the city government of Dumaguete as an extension of its public information office.