Radio blocktimer shot dead in Tacurong; Malacañang condemns killing

TACURONG CITY, Sultan Kudarat – A hard-hitting radio commentator who is seeking an elective post in a nearby town was shot dead here by a riding in tandem gunmen on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022, report said.

CRIME SCENE. Police scene of the crime operatives conduct a post-crime probe in Barangay New Carmen, Tacurong City where radio journalist Jaynard Angeles (right) was shot dead at 10 a.m. on Wednesday (Jan. 12, 2022). Initial police report said motorcycle-riding in tandem gunmen shot the victim in the head. (Photo courtesy of DXMS Cotabato City)

The Philippine News Agency (PNA) quoting police report said in its website that Jaynard Angeles, 36, of Barangay Matiompong, Lambayong, Sultan Kudarat, died from a gunshot wound in the head.

Angeles was former station manager of Radyo ni Juan FM station and radio blocktimer commentator.

Allan Freno, Tacurong information officer, said Angeles had resigned from Radyo ni Juan FM to run for councilor in his hometown of Lambayong.

Angeles is running under the Partido Federal ng Pilipinas.

Radio DXOM in Koronadal City reported that Angeles was waiting for his car in front of a car repair shop in Purok Sampaguita, Barangay New Carmen here when two men, riding tandem on a motorbike, arrived. One of them shot Angeles at close range who instantly died from a bullet wound in the head.

At the time of his death, Angeles still worked at Radyo ni Juan-Tacurong though as a radio commentator or blocktimer.

Malacañang condemns the killing

Meanwhile, Malacañang decried the audacious killing in broad daylight of the former radio station manager on Wednesday morning.

“The government condemns in the strongest possible terms the killing of Jaynard Angeles, a candidate in the local election and former station manager of Radyo ni Juan. We will never tolerate any act of violence against any person,” Undersecretary Jose Joel Sy Egco, Executive Director of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), said in a statement.

“We condole with the family, loved ones, and colleagues of Mr. Angeles. The PTFoMS is now in close coordination with the Philippine National Police (PNP) in conducting intensive police operations to pursue his assailants and bring the perpetrators before the bar of justice, the Palace Official added.

Initial report submitted by the PNP to the Task Force showed that Angeles was shot and killed at an auto repair shop in Purok Sampaguita, Brgy. New Carmen, Tacurong City at about 10 in the morning.  Investigation revealed that two unidentified gunmen approached the victim and shot him in the head which caused his death. Suspects immediately fled the scene on board a Black Kawasaki Bajaj motorcycle. He was 36 years old.

Prior to the incident, Angeles had resigned from Radyo ni Juan to run for councilor in his hometown of Lambayong.

“Even if Mr. Angeles is a former media practitioner, the Task Force will not stop until the masterminds and their cohorts are caught, charged, and convicted for this heinous crime.  There is no justification for murder, whatever Angeles may have been involved with in the past,” Egco pointed out in the statement.

The incident occurred after the Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) recently directed the PNP to designate Media Security Focal Persons in each province and city nationwide upon the request of PTFoMS, citing the increasing incidents of violence against journalists before, during, and after the elections.

PTfoMS’ request was expeditiously and favorably acted upon by the DILG in anticipation of a possible increase in violent incidents involving mediamen during the election season.

According to Egco, as the election draws near, the Focal Persons will serve as the “first line of defense” of journalists even in the most far-flung areas of the country as they will be the first to receive and respond to all threats leveled against any media worker. They will also coordinate directly with the assigned PTFoMS Special Agents (SAs) in expediting the resolution of cases of violence against journalists.

“We took this initiative to request for high-ranking PNP officers as Focal Persons because we could foresee what will be necessary for the future in terms of safety and security for members of the 4th Estate as mandated by President Rodrigo Duterte in his Administrative Order No. 1 (AO1),” the Palace official added.  

As of posting, Police probers are still trying to determine if the shooting was related to his work as a radio broadcaster or as a political aspirant.

The shooting came on the fourth day of the strict implementation of the nationwide election gun ban. PMT News Desk

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