Presidential task force on media security condemns killing of columnist in Pampanga

(Eagle News)–The Presidential Task Force on Media Security on Monday, Oct. 21, condemned the killing of a columnist in Arayat, Pampanga.

The PTFoMS  said it was also “deeply saddened” by the killing of Jupiter Gonzales of Remate, who was ambushed while driving a Nissan Almera, with plate number AQA 8441, bound for Olongapo-Gapan road at Barangay Cacutud at  10:30  p.m.

The vehicle crashed in a plant box beside the road.

Gonzales was rushed by a responding policeman to Arayat District Hospital for treatment, but he was pronounced dead on arrival.

Gonzales’ companion Christopher Tiongson was dead on the spot.

Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, the task force executive director,  has coordinated with the police operatives in Arayat to speed up the investigation.

Gonzales was reportedly a critic of illegal gambling proliferating in local carnivals.

“The PTFoMS presumes any form of media violence as work-related, until further investigation proves otherwise,” the task force said.

“The Task Force (TF) is on top of the situation and is closely coordinating with the authorities regarding this incident and follow-up investigations are being closely monitored,” it added.