Palace wants joint efforts to resolve media killings

by RG Cruz, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jun 10 2014 04:35 PM | Updated as of Jun 11 2014 12:35 AM

MANILA – Malacanang has condemned the latest incident of media killing in the country.

Communications Secretary Herminio “Sonny” Coloma Jr. said the police have been ordered to act on the incident.

“We condemn the killing of broadcaster, Nilo Baculo Sr. who was shot by unidentified assailants near his home in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro last Monday. The Philippine National Police has been directed to exert all efforts to arrest the assailants and to bring them to the bar of justice,” he said.

Coloma added, “We would like to work closely with the National Press Club and other organizations through the operation of Administrative Order no. 35, which is an inter-agency body created on orders of the President to facilitate the arrest and prosecution of suspects in media killings.”

Baculo is the 25th journalist killed in the Philippines since President Aquino took office in 2010 and the 143rd since 1986 according to the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

During the state visit of US President Barack Obama in the country, an American journalist asked President Aquino during a press conference as to why impunity continues in the country.