Davao del Norte mediamen stage protest rally on killing of radioman PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 22 December 2013 14:52

Media practitioners in Tagum City, Davao del Norte  hold a rally 7:30 am Saturday, December 21 along the national highway at the city proper and dramatized their dissent against the gunning down of radio announcer Rogelio Butalid Wednesday last week.

Greg Ybanez, president of the Davao del Norte Press, Radio, and TV Club said they condemned the killing of their fellow media man.

He also urged the authorities to expedite the pursuit of justice for Butalid’s killing.

“We are elated because our local leaders headed by Tagum City Mayor Allan Rellon, the Integrated Bar of the Philippines represented by Atty. Luel Mendez, the United Taxpayers Against Crime (UTAC) headed by Cesar Cuntapay, the BUGKOS Media, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), the Bombo Radyo Philippines, and other civil society organizations joined us in this mass action and condemn the killing of Tata,” Ybanez said.

The participants to wore black clothes during the rally.

Butalid was buried Friday morning.

The victim was about to ride on his motorcycle after holding his commentary program at Radyo Natin Station when the gunman opened fire seven times killing Butalid on the spot.

The Special Investigation Task Group Butaid released Thursday a computerized facial composite of the triggerman generated based on the description provided by a witness to the shooting incident.

Authorities said the witness described the gunman as male, between 40 to 45 years old, 5’5” in height with slim built and fair complexion and pimple scars and wore a brown sweat shirt and faded pair of black pants during the shooting.

Tracker teams of the SITG Butalid fanned the various places of Davao del Norte and other provinces to pursue leads on the possible identity and whereabouts of the perpetrator.

Police are looking at the motive of the incident on various angles ranging from the work of the victim as an incumbent barangay official and as a media man.  — Joey Sem G. Dalumpines