PTFoMS cites 'promising progress' in Albay anchor slay case

By Jelly Musico

August 1, 2018, 7:30 pm

MANILA -- The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Wednesday has noted a “very promising progress” in the investigation on the killing of Albay broadcaster Joey Llana.

Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary and concurrent PTFoMS co-chair Martin Andanar made this remark in a case conference conducted by the media security task group.

He thanked PTFoMS Executive Director and Undersecretary Joel Egco, a former media practitioner, for his dedication to solve media killing cases, including Llana’s murder.

He said Egco is the right person to head the PTFoMS “because his heart is in the right place to give justice to the families of the victims”.

For his part, Egco said the case conference was conducted so that investigators can “compare notes and ties some loose ends”.

“We are going to identify some problems we will be able to address them as soon as possible,” Egco said in his statement.

Llana was shot dead by unidentified assailants while on board his car on his way to work on July 20 in Daraga town, Albay.

Egco assured that the investigation on Llana’s case is “proceeding in a rapid pace” and that several breakthroughs have been discovered during the closed-door case conference.

He, however, said the details of the investigation are still deemed confidential so as not to jeopardize the case.

“The PTFoMS will continue to closely monitor the Joey Llana case and update the public as soon as developments arise,” Egco said.

Aside from Egco, Daraga Police officer-in-charge Supt. Benito Dipad of the Task Force Llana gave updates on the anchorman's case.

Albay Provincial Director Supt. Milo Pagtalunan, Task Force Usig Executive Director Supt. Eder Collantes, National Bureau of Investigation agents Reeve Goteessan and Ariel Calub were among those present during the conference. PTFoMS Head of Investigation Rechie Duldulao, chief of staff Atty. Abraham Agamata and consultant Atty. Jay de Castro also attended the meeting. (PNA)