Media killings prove gov't inaction: NUJP

Posted at 11/09/12 6:02 PM

MANILA, Philippines -- The current administration of President Benigno Aquino III has not yet proven its capability of solving the killings of journalists, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Chairperson Nestor Burgos said.

This, after the killing of broadcaster Julius Cauzo, 51, of Cabanatuan City radio station dzJJ.

Cauzo was the fifth member of media killed this year, the 14th under the Aquino administration and the 154th since 1986.

"That does not show the government is really serious. It should arrest people and punish the people behind the killings," he told ANC's "News Now" on Friday.

"Killings have not even stopped; instead, they have continued," he added.

Burgos said the latest media killing only showed the administration's inaction and failure to give justice.

He even cited the case of Dr. Gerry Ortega, a broadcaster and environmentalist who was killed in Palawan in January 2011.

He noted that the alleged mastermind behind the killing, former Governor Joel Reyes, was even able to leave the country under a false passport.

Burgos said, "Yes, we are frustrated, we are angry. Beyond the numbers, one journalist killed is just one too many for us."