Senator Grace Poe on Tuesday put to activity the police and the presidential activity drive in opposition to media killings and urged them to conduct an intensive investigation to instantly impact the arrest and prosecution of the killing of two journalists in Mindanao.
“These incidents bring to fore the violence and culture of impunity in the attacks against Filipino journalists. The people are counting on the police and law enforcers to keep our streets safe, that criminals will be immediately hunted down and prosecuted,” she stated.
The senator was referring to the deaths of Rudy Alicaway and Leo Diaz who had been each shot by motorcycle-riding gunmen.
Alicaway, who was a radio anchor of Tigmo-Tigmo program at DXPB 106.9 and likewise a village councilman, was on his manner dwelling final Aug. 6 in Molave city, Zamboanga del Sur whereas Diaz, a Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) reporter was leaving his home in President Quirino city in Sultan Kudarat when he was killed.
Poe stated journalists ought to be capable to work freely in an surroundings free from hazard.
“They should be able to report stories and issues relevant to the Filipinos and we know that journalists have risen to the occasion despite the odds,” the senator, sponsor of the Freedom of Information (FOI) invoice on the higher chamber, stated.