Suspect in Philippines Broadcaster Slaying Arrested

The International Federation of Journalists

(IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

(NUJP) in welcoming the

arrest of Niel

Guimeroy, a suspect

in the 2011 murder of broadcaster Niel “Lito” Jimena in Negros Occidental

province in the Western Visayas region of the Philippines.

 

According to reports,

police arrested Niel Guimeroy at around 6 a.m. in Isabela town, Bacolod City, southern Philippines. Guimeroy and Joel

Calungsod - a former militiaman who remains at large - have reportedly been

charged with murder.

 

Jimena

was shot five times by unknown assailants on August 23, 2011. At the time

of his murder, Neil Jimena was co-host of the Radio Mindanao Network-Iloilo

dyRI, program Husgador.

 

Police believed Jimena’s

killing was related to his work as a broadcaster, as a former informant of the

Drug Enforcement Agency and the police intelligence unit in Iloilo.

 

The IFJ Asia Pacific

welcomes the news, but calls for the Philippine authorities to ensure a transparent

and timely investigation as a demonstrated commitment to justice, at a time when

the trials of murdered journalists are marred by a series of

seemingly unnecessary delays.

 

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information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0950

 

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