MANILA – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) criticized the Aquino administration over the killing of tabloid reporter Rubylita Garcia, saying the government is guilty by its mere inaction on the spate of medial killings in the country.
"The ongoing failure of the State to protect journalists and bring their killers to justice, perpetuates a cycle of death for media workers in the Philippines where killers can brazenly confront journalists in their homes or on the street with the full knowledge that the policing and justice system is incapable of dealing with journalist murders," the IFJ said in a statement.
The IFJ added the Aquino government is "guilty by its own inaction" and that "it can no longer continue to foster this rampant abuse of human rights by its own failures to act."
In the same statement, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said President Benigno Aquino III's claim that the nation is in democracy again "becomes more and more tenuous with each media killing."
"A thorough investigation must be conducted to determine the motive of the attack and to identity the suspects behind this tragedy," the NUJP said.
Garcia is the 20th Filipino journalist killed since President Benigno Aquino III took office in 2010 and the 160th since 1986, when democracy was restored in the Philippines, the NUJP said.
Garcia was gunned down by an unknown assailant inside her house in Cavite last Sunday. Moments before her death, she allegedly managed to tell her son that Tanza Police chief Superintendent Conrado Villanueva was behind the attack.
Villanueva has since been relieved administratively to pave way for an investigation.