The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) questioned the promotion of the Army colonel, who had rejected a request for security escorts for the 58 people, 32 of them journalists, who died almost five years ago in the Maguindanao massacre.
By Edwin Fernandez
A suspect in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre and two of his companions were killed in what police say was a shootout with lawmen who were about to serve an arrest warrant before dawn Monday.
More than 20 journalists and media workers have been killed under the Aquino administration, based on the count of media watchdogs as of the end of May.
By TJ Burgonio
As groups marked World Press Freedom Day on Saturday with scattered rallies to protest the killing of journalists in the country, Malacañang pointed to the ongoing trial of the Maguindanao massacre suspects as proof that some progress was being made to address the government’s poor record in prosecuting cases of journalist killings.
The Philippines ranks third after Iraq and Somalia among countries where journalists’ murders are most likely to go unpunished, according to the latest Global Impunity Index released by the Committee to Protect Journalists last month.