Reward offered in hunt for radioman's killer: officials

Posted at 08/12/2009 11:36 PM

GENERAL SANTOS CITY - Authorities have offered a cash reward for information leading to the arrest of a police officer accused of fatally shooting a journalist, officials said Wednesday.

Inspector Redempto Acharon remains at large a year after the murder of Dennis Cuesta, a broadcast journalist for Radio Mindanao Network in the southern port of General Santos.

A witness who has sought protection from the government named Acharon, a member of the General Santos police force and cousin of city mayor Pedro Acharon, as the gunman who shot the journalist outside a shopping mall here.

The motive for the attack was not known.

The interior department in Manila has offered a 90,000-peso (about 1,880 dollars) reward for information leading to the detention of the suspect, whose arrest had been ordered by a lower court, said Senior Superintendent Generoso Bonifacio, the top police investigator in this southern region.

The wanted officer's photograph will be circulated to the public alongside the country's "most wanted" suspects, Bonifacio added.

"We tapped the help of other units to determine his exact location right now," said Senior Superintendent Marcelo Pintac, the city police chief.