The International Federation of Journalists
(IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines
(NUJP) in welcoming progress in the case
2011 murder of broadcaster and environmentalist Dr. Gerardo "Gerry"
Gerardo Ortega, a radio broadcaster also known as an
anti-mining advocate, was shot and
killed in Puerto Princesa City, in Palawan province, (approximately
592 kilometers southwest of Manila) on January 24, 2011.
The issuance of the warrants by the Regional Trial Court of
the City of Puerto Princesa, against former Palawan
Governor Joel Reyes, his brother Mario Reyes Jr., incumbent Mayor of Coron town,
and former Palawan provincial administrator
Romeo Seratubias was a reversal of a 2011 decision, which was widely condemned by
journalists at the time.
IFJ Asia Pacific welcomes the move,
but again calls for the Philippine authorities to ensure transparencyin all investigations into journalist killings, as a wider move to
end the culture of impunity.
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