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Koko urges Senate probe on media killings

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Senator Aquilino “Koko” Pimentel III on Tuesday called on the Senate to conduct an investigation on the spate of media killings following the murder of a local radio broadcaster in Bohol.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Maurito Lim of Tagbilaran City is the second journalist murdered in Bohol and the 31st under the Aquino administration.

Lim was about to report for work in radio station dyRD where he hosted the daily program “Chairman Mao on Board” when a lone gunman shot him Saturday morning. He was declared dead around 1:15 p.m.

Pimentel, chairman of the Senate committee on justice and human rights, said the Senate must conduct an investigation into the “worsening” cases of media killings in the country.

“We cannot allow impunity to reign especially at the expense of press freedom,” he said.

Pimentel lamented the slow resolution of cases involving the murder of media practitioners.

“The police’s inability to resolve pending murder cases and the increase in new media attacks would again pull the country down in the World Press Freedom Index,” the senator said noting that the Philippines has improved its ranking to 141st from last year’s 149th among 180 countries.

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