Malacañang assures full probe on death of DavNor journo

MANILA — Malacañang on Tuesday assured that the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is already investigating the death of Davao del Norte-based publisher and journalist Dennis Denora.

Denora, publisher of Trends and Times, a community paper in Davao del Norte, was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen in an ambush in Panabo City last June 7.

Denora was with his driver, Mayonita Rivera, who was wounded but survived the attack.

“This is a new case, and this will be investigated by the task force on media killings headed by Undersecretary (Joel) Egco,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a press briefing in Davao City.

The PTFoMS headed by Egco was created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in 2016 to address media killings and harassment.

“And I’m very pleased to note that the Duterte administration is the only administration that has formed a regular task force to take charge of the investigation and prosecution of the killings of media workers,” Roque added.

Roque had previously defended the efforts of the Duterte administration to investigate the series of killings that have targeted media practitioners, priests and prosecutors, saying the government’s initiatives are not merely a “lip service.”

Hindi lang po ‘yan lip service, talaga pong mayroon tayong isang Undersecretary Egco na siya mismo po ang nagsu-supervise ‘no ng investigation (It’s not just lip service, we have Undersecretary Egco supervising the investigation),” he added. (Nicole De Leon, OJT/PNA)