Malacanang said an influential politician could be behind the June 7 killing of print and broadcast journalist Dennis Denora of Panabo City in Davao del Norte.
But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the object of commentary of Denora in his radio program and weekly newspaper Trends and Time, denied he has a hand in the murder of the 67-year old journalist.
Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) head Undersecretary Joel Egco said that Denora’s death appears to be politically motivated.
A “very influential politician” could be behind Denora’s killing, Egco said.
“The initial report we received is that his killing has something to do with politics. I can’t give the name, we cannot say it’s the official finding but a politician with strong influence is one of the suspects that we got from the ground,” the Malacanang official said.
PTFoMS has condemned the killing of Denora.
“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security is deeply saddened and condemns, in the strongest possible terms, the killing of Denora,” the task force said in a statement.
The presidential task force said the death of Denora is presumed to be “related to his work as a journalist.”
Egco has instructed the Philippine National Police to leave no stone unturned in the investigation on the Denora killing.
Egco issued the directive to Directorate for Investigation and Detective Management director Superintendent Elmo Francis Sarona, Police Regional Office 11 director Chief Superintendent Manuel Gaerlan, and Davao del Norte Police chief Senior Superintendent Marcial Mariano Magistrado IV.
In 2016, President Rodrigo Duterte signed Administrative Order No. 1, series of 2016 which created the Presidential Task Force on Violations of the Right of Life, Liberty and Security of the Members of the Media.
SPEAKER ALVAREZ DENIES HAND IN KILLING
Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez said he had nothing to do with the murder of Denora .
“I don’t kill people, I file cases,” Alvarez said. Alvarez represents the First District of Davao del Norte in Congress.
FLOIRENDO CONDEMNS KILLING
Davao del Norte Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr. believes that the murder of Denora was related to the exposés his newspaper, Trends and Times, had carried.
Malacanang said an influential politician could be behind the killing of print and broadcast journalist Denora.
But House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez, the object of commentary of Denora in his radio program and weekly newspaper Trends and Time, denied he has a hand in the murder of the 67-year old journalist. Denora is said to be a “supporter” of Floirendo. Alvarez and Floirendo were former friends and political allies. Alvarez has instigated a House inquiry into a land deal between the Bureau of Corrections (BuCor) and the Floirendo-owned Tagum Agricultural Company (Tadeco) involving the reservation area of the Davao Penal Colony. The Speaker also filed a graft case against Floirendo with the Ombudsman.