MANILA - Finance Secretary Carlos Dominguez III on Friday expressed shock and sadness over the killing of his communications consultant and called for the perpetrator's arrest and prosecution.
Former newspaper editor Michael D. Marasigan and his brother Christopher were killed by two motorcycle-riding assailants in San Juan City on Thursday night.
“I am both saddened and shocked. My deepest condolences go to the family of Mike and that of his brother, Christopher," Dominguez said in a statement.
Dominguez also called on law enforcers "to find and prosecute to the fullest extent of the law the perpetrators behind the killing."
The finance chief said he had known Marasigan for 30 years and he and his peers held him in "very high regard for his skills and thorough professionalism."
“Mike, who always had a kind word to everyone he meets, was a highly respected journalist and public relations man. As my communications consultant, he was always prompt, thorough and very good at what he did, which was to assist the DOF in relaying its key messages and programs to the public,” said Dominguez.
Marasigan was the editor of Businessday and was behind BusinessWorld Online. He was the digital business paper's first editor-in-chief. He was also a renowned public relations officer.
He died on the spot, while Christopher, a businessman, died upon arrival at the hospital. No less than 30 bullet shell casings were found in the crime scene.