MANILA, Philippines- In one week time, another mediaman was shot dead in Mindanao, reinforcing the country’s reputation as one of the world’s worst places for journalists.
Shot on the head by notorious motor-riding assailants on Friday, Michael Milo of Tandag City , Surigao del Sur, was declared dead on arrival in the hospital due to the fatal shooting.
A national supervisor of Prime Radio FM, Milo was said to have been receiving death threats prior to his murder.
The Malacanang Palace said they have created a special investigative force to run after Milo’s perpetrators so they will be immediately brought to justice.
“We have commanded the Philippine National Police to do everything under their power to capture those who killed Milo,” said Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
On November 29, radio blocktime commentator Joas Dignos, dxGT Radyo Abante was also shot by still unidentified motor-riding gunmen in Valencia, Bukidnon, Mindanao.
Prior to his death, Dignos was receiving threats against his life.
Human Rights Watch has long slammed the Philippine government for its apparent slow response in bringing justice to the murdered journalists in the country.
“According to Philippine media groups, there are now as many as 24 journalists and media workers murdered during the administration of President Aquino. It is distressing that the president’s spokesman, Sonny Coloma, thought of these killings as ‘not that serious’ when, in fact, they tear at the fabric of the democracy the president’s mother helped to establish.”
“It is insulting to the victims and their families that the Aquino administration has not only failed to deliver on its promise to end impunity for extrajudicial killings but also sought to downplay these attacks against media workers,” said Phelim Kine, deputy Asia director at Human Rights Watch, in an earlier statement.
On November 23, 2009, 32 journalists were massacred in Maguindanao, Mindanao. The case has remained unsolved.