Suspect in Journalist Murder Surrenders to Authorities in the Philippines

The International Federation of

Journalists (IFJ) is encouraged to learn that a suspect allegedly involved in

the January 24 murder of broadcaster Gerado Ortega in the Philippines is in custody.

 

A key suspect in the murder, Rodolfo

Edrad Jr, alias Jun-Jun Bomar, turned himself in to authorities in Quezon

province about 10pm on February 5, according to news reports the following day.

 

Ortega, a prominent news anchor and

commentator with dwAR, was shot in the head at about 10am on January 24 as he

was shopping in the San Pedro district of Puerto Princesa City, the capital of

the country’s far-western island province

of Palawan.

 

Gunman Marlon de Camata (aka Marvin

Alcaraz), who was arrested at the scene on January 24, and reportedly told

police that he and an accomplice had been promised 150,000 pesos (about 3370

USD) to murder the broadcaster “to stop his criticism of unnamed powerful

people”, according to local media reports.

 

Radio dzBB reported that Edrad has

provided police with information on who ordered Ortega's killing, and

investigators have begun the task of verifying the information.

 

“We are encouraged that there are

further signs that strong evidence in this case will lead to the successful

conviction of those involved in the cold-blooded murder of Gerado Ortega,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

“The IFJ again urges a swift and

thorough investigation by authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime

to justice.”

 

Ortega, a former gubernatorial

candidate, was a vocal critic of the province’s governor and had publicly

campaigned against mining operations in Palawan.

He also headed an ecotourism project in the province supported by the

charitable arm of broadcaster ABS-CBN.

 

The National Union of Journalists of

the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, reported that the killing may be

related to Ortega’s commentary on a gas company’s operations in the province.

 

Earlier reports:

http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-demands-swift-justice-for-murder-of-journalist-in-philippines

http://asiapacific.ifj.org/en/articles/ifj-condemns-murder-of-environmental-commentator-in-the-philippines

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 125 countries

 

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