Suspect in killing of columnist in Pampanga identified

(Eagle News)– Communications Secretary Martin Andanar on Thursday, Oct. 24, identified the suspect in the recent killing of a Remate columnist and his companion in Pampanga

Andanar, co-chair of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, said double murder charges will be filed against Armando Maglaya Velasco, who had sent surrender feelers to authorities following the slay of columnist Jupiter Gonzales and Christopher Tiongson, based on a report fromĀ  PTFoMS Executive Director Joel Sy Egco.

Authorities said Velasco was a public relations man for a local “peryahan” and that he shot Gonzales and Tiongson in the car over a heated argument over its operations.

“This proves that this administration will stop at nothing to hold perpetrators of violence against media workers to account. They can run and hide but the long arm of the law will eventually catch up on them,” Andanar said.