(Eagle News) – Malacanang has denounced the killing of a radio station anchor and commentator in Kidapawan City in Cotabato.
The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said it was “deeply saddened by the by the cowardly killing” of Brigada News FM – Kidapawan commentator Eduardo Sanchez Dizon.
Dizon is the husband of Brigada News FM Kidapawan station manager Madonna Dizon.
He was driving his white Mitsubishi sedan and was to turn right along the national highway, when two men riding a motorbike shot him on Wednesday night, July 10.
In a statement, the Task Force strongly denounced the killing, and is now closely coordinating with the authorities investigating the case.
PTFoMS Executive Director Jose Joel Sy Egco, said he would fly to Kidawapan to personally extend his condolences to the family members and friends of Dizon.
The Task Force said that it “presumes any media killing as work-related, until further investigation proves otherwise.”
“The TF (task force) is on top of the situation and is closely coordinating with the authorities regarding this incident and follow-up investigations are being monitored by the Task Force,” it said.
Lt. Colonel Ma. Joyce Birey, city police director, said a manhunt had been launched against several “persons of interest” in connection with the ambush-slay.
Police investigators have already found at least seven empty shells of 9-mm pistol near the victim’s car.
Dizon was a former town councilor of nearby, Makilala, North Cotabato, was heading for home when shot near Colegio de Kidapawan school.
Police are also reviewing the CCTV footage in the area.
Agriculture Secretary Emmanuel Piñol has vowed to utilize government agencies to identify Dizon’s killers.
“I will utilize all government agencies in the region to undertake an investigation into the killing of radioman Ed Dizon and the many other unsolved killings in Kidapawan City,” Piñol said in a statement.
(With a PNA report)