Police nab suspected killer of broadcaster
MANILA, Philippines – Philippine police on Friday, June 13, arrested a man suspected to be responsible for the killing of a radio commentator from the province of Bukidnon.
In a Facebook page, the Philippine National Police Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) said detectives from the Northern Mindanao Criminal Investigation and Detection Unit nabbed a certain Dionesio Daulong, with a standing warrant of arrest of 2 counts of murder, 2 counts of frustrated murder and attempted murder.
Daulong was arrested at Barangay Paitan, Quezon, Bukidnon at around 5:30 am Friday.
He is suspected to be behind the killing of radio block timer Joas Dignos, who was shot dead on November 29, 2013. According to a SunStar report, Dignos was receiving death threats prior to his murder. The report said “22 bullets were pumped into his head, chest and other parts of his body by four unidentified men.”
The CIDG said Daulong escaped from a Bukidnon jail in September 2013, around 2 months before Dignos’ death. Dignos is said to be part of the so-called Batistil criminal gang.
A total of 33 journalists and media workers have been killed since President Benigno Aquino III assumed power in 2010. – Rappler.com