BATANGAS - Around 100 journalists belonging to different media organizations in Cavite-Laguna-Batangas-Rizal-Quezon (Calabarzon) held an indignation rally in Imus, Cavite on Thursday calling for an immediate resolution of the case of slain tabloid reporter Rubylita Garcia.
The journalists, led by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), first held a prayer and candle-lighting ceremony at the Lady of Pillar Cathedral.
After the prayer, they marched towards Camp Pantaleon Garcia, the provincial office of Cavite police, to meet with Cavite provincial director Senior Superintendent Joselito Esquivel for a dialogue.
Esquivel openly received the reporters inside the camp's ground and gave an update on the case.
"Kasama niyo ako sa indignation rally na ito. Gagawin natin ang lahat para mabigyang hustisya ang kasamahan nating si Rubie," Esquivel said.
He said they are now looking into four angles -- family, neighborhood, profession and personal business problems -- as the possible motive behind the killing.
Last April 7, the Cavite police arrested a suspected gunman of Garcia. However, it later turned out negative after the victim's relatives failed to identify him.
Esquivel said the Special Investigation Task Group-Rubie is working 24/7 to resolve the case as soon as possible.
He added that the reward money has been raised from P100,000 to P150,000. The money came from Cavite Governor Jonvic Remulla, Bacoor Mayor Strike Revilla and media group Alab ng Mamamahayag (ALAM).
"Matapos na itaas ang reward money, marami na ang tumatawag sa amin para magbigay ng impormasyon pero masusi namin muna itong bine-verify kung may katotohanan," he said.
Esquivel said they have already obtained promising leads but refused to divulge the information so as not to jeopardize the operation.
"Meron din kaming nakuhang mga CCTV footage pero ine-extract pa namin sa technical," he said.
He said he has deployed 10 percent of their force or 200 policemen on the case of Garcia.
He likewise provided police security to the family of Garcia while the investigation is ongoing.
Meanwhile, Tanza chief of police Superintendent Conrado Villanueva is now under administrative relief after his name was mentioned by Garcia before she died.