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CHR looking into slay of radio commentator in Cebu

July 27, 2021 - Tuesday 4:07 PM by MDM

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The Commission on Human Rights said its regional office is conducting its own probe into the killing of Renante “Rey” Cortes, a radio commentator in Cebu who was shot to death in daylight last week.

The CHR, in a statement through spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia, denounced the killing of Cortes, who was shot after his radio program in front of DYRB Radyo Pilipino station on Thursday morning.

The CHR also sent its condolences to the bereaved loved ones of Cortes.

De Guia said its Region VII office is now investigating the killing, as the commission also called for a swift and impartial investigation into the incident.

“Continuous media killings and harassment cannot continue nor can it be part of the new normal in today’s society. As a democratic country, the state has the utmost responsibility to protect its citizens against harm and acts of vigilante justice,” she added.

Philippine National Police chief, General Guillermo Eleazar last week announced that he ordered the creation of a special investigation group to conduct a probe into the case. Eleazar vowed they will look into all possible angles for the killing of the radio commentator.

De Guia for her part said: “We strongly support [Eleazar’s] call for the creation of a special investigation task group by the local police to swiftly hold to account those responsible for this reprehensible crime.”

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines reported 223 incidents of attacks and threats on the members of the press since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s term until April 30, 2021.