PTFoMS Statements on the slay attempt on Joel Salinas Pimentel and the murders of Gabriel “Komander Aguila” Alburo and John Michael Dela Rosa Decano.

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Statement on Joel Salinas Pimentel Slay Attempt

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) strongly condemns the attempted murder of Joel Salinas Pimentel, anchorman of Radyo Bandera News Philippines in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.
Pimentel was driving his motorcycle from Tandag City towards Tago, Surigao del Sur when gunmen riding in tandem shot him twice.

Fortunately, he was not hit and managed to escape by speedily driving his motorcycle.

Personnel of Tago MPS are now conducting thorough investigation for identification and arrest of the suspects

As a matter of protocol, the PTFoMS initially presumes all reported attempts on the lives of media practitioners as related to their line of work and takes initiative in the investigation.

PTFoMS Executive Director USec. Joel Sy Egco immediately communicated with Police Senior Inspector Joemel L Maquiling, Chief of Police (COP) of Tago Police Station regarding this incident. The COP also coordinated with the army unit in the area to conduct intelligence gathering to verify the identity of the perpetrators.

Follow up investigation is ongoing and the Task Force will presume that the incident is work-related until investigators come up with their conclusive findings.

The PTFoMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and is committed in fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them.

 

Statement on Gabriel Alburo Killing

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is deeply saddened and strongly condemns, in no uncertain terms, the killing of Gabriel “Komander Aguila” Alburo, radio announcer of DYJL Guihulngan.

Alburo, who is also a candidate for councilor at Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, was on his way home from the La Libertad cockpit arena when he was shot several times by two unidentified gunmen riding in tandem, resulting to his death.

As a matter of protocol, the PTFoMS initially presumes all reported killings of media practitioners as related to their line of work and takes initiative in the investigation. Initial report from the Negros Oriental Police Provincial Office, however, disclosed that before leaving the cockpit arena, the victim had a heated argument with an unidentified betting rival as they were reported to have placed their bets on the same side in a cockfighting match. Follow up investigation is ongoing and the Task Force will presume that the incident is work-related until investigators come up with their conclusive findings.

PTFoMS Executive Director USec. Joel Sy Egco immediately coordinated with Negros Oriental Police Provincial Director Senior Superintendent Raul Tacaca to immediately find out the perpetrators behind this dastardly attack.

The PTFoMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and is committed in fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them.

 

PTFoMS UPDATE – Quick Response System

PTFoMS’ Statement on John Michael Decano Killing

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) mourns and strongly condemns, the killing of John Michael Dela Rosa Decano (Decano), a radio reporter in Sorsogon City Wednesday afternoon in what initially appears to be a robbery with homicide.

According to Police Chief Inspector Malu Calubaquib, spokesperson of Police Regional Office (PRO) 5, Decano, who also works as beautician, was found dead at about 1:15pm last January 9, 2019 inside Allan’s Body Massage and Beauty Parlor on Peralta St., Barangay Burabod in the same city. Initial investigation disclosed that the victim was hit in the head with a portable cement stove and his personal belongings were also reported missing.

PTFoMS Executive Director USec. Joel Sy Egco immediately spoke with PRO 5 Police Regional Director Chief Superintendent Arnel B Escobal and directed him to stop at nothing to find out who is behind this gruesome murder.

While it is yet to be confirmed if this incident falls under the mandate of the Task Force, the PTFoMS presumes the killing to be related to Decano’s work as a radio announcer until further investigation proves otherwise.

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