International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) is concerned by reports that a suspect in the murder of
broadcaster Desidario “Jessie” Camangyanin the Philippines
will be released from custody just two days before he is due to face trial on
news prompted the National
Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, to post an open letter to
Justice Secretary Leila de Lima and Philippine National
Police Director General Jesus Verzosa.
letter appeals for the urgent extension of the restrictive custody placed on Dennis
Lumikid, a police
officerwho is accused of killing Camangyan.
Camangyanwas shot on
the night of June 14 while hosting a singing contest in Manay, in Davao Oriental
province, in the southern Philippines.
Camangyanwas known for his
critical stance on illegal logging and mining in his work as a broadcaster with
IFJ fully supports the NUJP’s
request that Lumikid not be released before facing trial for Camangyan’s
murder,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
urge authorities to take action to ensure justice is served and to bring an end
to the culture of impunity that has dominated the Philippines for too long.”
the letter, the NUJP pointed to a
previous case where a suspect released from custody has continued to avoid
facing trial despite an arrest warrant being issued.
In that case, Police Inspector Redempto “Boy” Acharon,
a suspect in the 2008 murder of broadcaster Dennis Cuesta, remains at large
despite orders to transfer him to custody.
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