MANILA - Malacañang on Friday condemned the killing of Albay radio broadcaster Joey Llana.
In a statement, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said Llana’s killing is “another infringement on the rights to life and a free press.”
“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) will be relentless in according justice to this latest victim,” he added.
Llana, a blocktimer of radio station DWZR in Legazpi City, Albay, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen outside his home in Barangay Peñafrancia, Daraga town around 4:45 a.m. Friday, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said.
The NUJP said Llana was shot 14 times with one .45-caliber gun and a 9mm pistol.
“Authorities have yet to determine the motive for Llana’s murder although a sibling of the victim said he had received death threats days before the killing,” the NUJP said.
The group said if Llana’s killing will be proven to be related to his work, his death would be the 12th media killing under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, the third in Bicol and the 185th since 1986.