International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in condemning the murder of Brigada News Circulation Manager Alfredo “Dodong” Velarde Jr on
42, was shot dead at about 3:50 a.m. by unidentified assailants while entering
the Brigada News compound in General
Santos City, Mindanao, in the southern Philippines. Police are reviewing
closed-circuit television footage of the incident, though the shooting itself
was not on camera, the Philippine
Daily Inquirer reports.
yet to establish the motive for Velarde’s murder. Ernie Gabonada, station
manager of Brigada News stablemate DXYM
Brigada News FM, has suggested the murder could relate to a number of personal disputes
Velarde was involved in.
is deeply concerned by the increase in attacks on media professionals in the Philippines in
2011,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
upon President Benigno Aquino III to honour his pre-election commitment to
defend press freedom in the Philippines,
by seeing that all media workers’ murders are investigated and punished
quickly, irrespective of potential motives.”
the seventh media worker to have been killed in the Philippines so far this year. In
2010, four media workers were killed in the Philippines.
comes less than two weeks before the second anniversary of the Ampatuan Town
Massacre on November 23, 2009, in which 32 media workers were killed in a
massacre of 58 people. Fourteen of the media workers killed in the massacre
were from General
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