Task force on media killings formed

MANILA — The Philippine National Police has announced it has formed Task Force “Usig” to probe the killings of journalists.

PNP Spokesperson Senior Supt. Dionardo Carlos said the body will be headed by Chief Supt. Augusto Marquez, Jr., incumbent head of the PNP’s Director for Investigation and Detective Management.

“The PNP is committed in addressing cases involving media practitioners in the country, both local and foreign,” Carlos said.

President Rodrigo Duterte, in his first State of the Nation Address on Monday, said the Presidential Communications Office, headed by Sec. Martin Andanar is drafting an Administrative Order to define the roles of the task force.

Pres. Duterte stressed that his administration does not condone violence and repression of media.

During the campaign season, Pres. Duterte stirred controversy and earned the ire of media groups after he remarked that some of the slain journalists were involved in illegal activities. PNA/northboundasia.com