President Rodrigo Duterte has directed authorities to conduct a thorough investigation into the killing of a radio blocktimer in Dumaguete City at about 7 a.m. yesterday.
Mercedarius Dindo Patrimonio Generoso, 67, of Barangay Banilad in Dumaguete was shot dead by an unknown assailant while driving his Hyundai car with plate no. YKU 946, on his way to his radio program “Konsensiya sa Probinsiya”.
Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo said Duterte wants to put the killers of Generoso behind bars.
Initial investigation showed that Generoso slowed down at the intersection of EJ Blanco Road and Hibbard Avenue in Barangay Piapi when riding-in-tandem suspects fired at him and hit different parts of his body causing his instantaneous death.
Recovered at the crime scene were seven spent shells of .45 caliber pistol, and two slugs in Generoso’s car. It was not immediately known if the victim had conversed with somebody on his right while slowing down and maneuvering left of the intersection because the right window of the car was partially opened while five bullet holes peppered the left side of the driver’s seat.
Presidential Task Force on Media Security co-chairperson, Undersecretary Joel Egco, said his office is "on top of the situation," and is in close coordination with the Dumaguete City Police Station to determine the motives of the perpetrators of the gruesome murder.
He said the PTFoMS presumes that the killing of Generoso is "work-related," unless the results of the investigation prove otherwise.
Dumaguete Vice Mayor Alan Gel Cordova expressed outrage over the incident and was among those who arrived at the crime scene.
Cordova said that, if not solved, the justice system will fail Generoso. “God forbid, this can happen to anybody in the community,” he added.
Hopefully, the footage from two closed-circuit television cameras installed in the intersection can help the police in the identification of the suspects, he said.
Cordova said there is no question that this is a planned attack, considering that Generoso had a daily morning program at Bai Radio.
Generoso is the second broadcaster gunned down in Dumaguete; the first was Edmund Sestoso in May 2018, whose killing remains unsolved.
In a text message Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo said “I am saddened and outraged by this dastardly act of cowardice which has no place in a decent society, especially in the peace loving city of Dumaguete. I condole with Dindo's wife Nits, children and the rest of his family. He was a true friend, a passionate mediaman, and a genuine Dumagueteńo! I will not rest until the perpetrators are meted justice.”
The Dumaguete City police is still facing a blank wall as to the motive and identities of the suspects, and is checking on the background of the victim, whose radio his program dealt with present issues affecting the city, foremost of which are those on environment, dumpsite, shoreline protection-reclamation project at the Rizal Boulevard and, recently, the Dumaguete Cockpit and Recreation Center.
Egco said Generoso’s 8 a.m. radio program is sponsored by the Dumaguete City government, as it serves as an extension of its public information office.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, in a statement, condemned the murder of the broadcaster. “Whatever the reason for Generoso’s murder, we reiterate, nothing and nothing will ever justify murder.”
House Deputy Minority leader and Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate also condemned another extra-judicial killing of a radio broadcaster in Dumaguete.
Generoso ran for the mayoralty post in the May 2016 elections but lost.*
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