CHR to probe killing of former radioman in Tacurong City
MANILA, Philippines — The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) is poised to conduct its own investigation into the killing of a former radio commentator in Tacurong City.
CHR spokesperson Jaqueline de Guia said in a statement they will carry out a motu proprio investigation into the killing of Jaynard Angeles in Barangay New Carmen, Tacurong City on Wednesday.
“It is concerning how this incident has occurred just days after the start of the official election season on 09 January 2022,” she pointed out.
“Election-related violence and the killing of journalists create a chilling effect on Philippine society and prevent the peaceful discourse of ideas in the runup towards elections,” she added.
De Guia then urged authorities to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident.
“We urge the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) to take cognizance of this incident and exert all efforts, together with the Philippine National Police, to expedite the investigation of this crime, and urgently address and anticipate media harassment and election-related violence as we near election day,” she added.
Angeles, who was the former station manager of Radyo ni Juan in Tacurong City, was also running for councilor in Lambayong town in Sultan Kudarat before he was shot dead.
In December 2019, the station manager of Radyo ni Juan in Tacurong, Benjie Caballero, was also shot in Tacurong City. He died a month later in a hospital.
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