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PNP condemns shooting of tabloid photog

June 30, 2023 Alfred P. Dalizon 153 views

THE Philippine National Police yesterday condemned the shooting of a tabloid photographer and his relatives in Quezon City last Thursday afternoon.

According to PNP Public Information Office chief and concurrent PNP Focal Person on Presidential Task Force on Media Security, PNP chief Gen. Benjamin Acorda Jr. has ordered the National Capital Region Police Office and the Quezon City Police District to launch a full investigation into the incident.

Wounded in the attack were Remate photographer Rene Joshua Abiad, 37, and his relatives Cheryl, 42; Elizabeth, 37; three minors; and Jeffrey Cao,47.

The shooting incident happened along Corumi St. corner Gazan St. in Barangay Masambong, Q.C. around 3 p.m. Thursday.

Gen. Acorda ordered NCRPO chief Major Gen. Edgar Alan O. Okubo and Quezon City Police District director Brigadier Gen. Nicolas D. Torre III to expedite the investigation process and identify the perpetrators in the crime.

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

“The PNP stands firm in its commitment to justice and will relentlessly pursue the perpetrators responsible for this senseless act. We call upon the public to provide any information that may be crucial to solving this case and bringing the perpetrators to justice.

Together, we can create a society where media workers can work without fear and where acts of violence against them are unequivocally condemned,” the PNP added.

Maj. Gen. Okubo also led the NCRPO in condemning the act of violence which targeted the tabloid photographer and his family.

“This heinous act is an attack not only on the individuals involved but also on the freedom of the press and the values we hold dear as a society,” he said as he ordered his men to spare no effort in conducting a thorough investigation to identify the perpetrators and bring them to justice.

“We stand in solidarity with the media community and vow to protect their rights and ensure their safety,” said Maj. Gen. Okubo even as he called on anybody who has information regarding the suspects’ identities to come to the QCPD headquarters to give their testimonies.