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Ambush of photog, family condemned

June 30, 2023 Joel dela Torre 201 views

THE Philippine National Police headed by General Benjamin C. Acorda Jr. yesterday condemned the shooting of a tabloid photographer and his relatives in Quezon City and vowed justice for the victims.

According to PNP Public Information Office chief and concurrent PNP Focal Person on Presidential Task Force on Media Security, Gen. Acorda ordered the National Capital Region Police Office and the Q.C. Police District to launch a full investigation into the incident and press its hunt for the gunmen.

Quezon City mayor Joy Belmonte also condemned the ambush as she called for a thorough investigation and quick arrest of the gunmen.

“Wala pong lugar ang karahasan at pananakot sa Quezon City, maging sa mga miyembro ng media or kahit sino pa man. Titiyakin po naming na mananagot ang mga salarin ng krimeng ito,” she said.

Wounded in the attack were Remate photographer Rene Joshua Abiad, 37; and his relatives Cheryl, 42; Elizabeth, 37; three minors with ages 4, 6 and 8-years old; and Jeffrey Cao, 47.

Brig. Gen. Maranan said the PNP vehemently condemns the appalling shooting incident that wounded the victims at the corner of Corumi and Gazan Street. in Barangay Masambong, Q.C. at around 3 p.m.

Gen. Acorda ordered NCRPO chief Major Gen. Edgar Alan O. Okubo and Q.C. Police District director, Brigadier Gen. Nicolas D. Torre III to expedite the investigation process and swiftly identify the individuals responsible for the atrocious crime.

The QCPD created the Special Investigation Task Group Abiad to gather evidence and testimonies needed to identify and arrest the gunmen.

“We are sparing no effort in our quest to gather substantial evidence and testimonies to shed light on this incident, ultimately leading to the immediate arrest of the perpetrators,” Brig. Gen. Maranan said.

The PNP is currently collaborating with the victim’s family and colleagues in Remate newspaper to acquire any relevant information that could aid in the investigation.

Report showed that the Abiad family were on board their Ford Everest vehicle when the suspects alighted from a Toyota Vios and motorcycle and started firing their handguns.

“We want to assure our media partners that the safety and security of those working in the media industry are of utmost importance to the PNP. In light of this unfortunate event, the PNP Media Vanguards will directly oversee the course of the investigation, ensuring transparency and accountability throughout the process,” Brig. Gen. Maranan said. By Joel dela Torre and Alfred Dalizon