November 07, 2023
Atty. Benjamin C. Abalos, Jr.
The fatal shooting of local broadcaster Juan Jumalon in Misamis Occidental yesterday was a deplorable and dastardly act that has no place in our society.
It was a direct assault to press freedom and to a greater extent to our democracy.
Upon the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already activated Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) “Johnny Walker” to run after and send the perpetrators behind bars.
At this point, I can confirm that the SITG has already come up with computerized facial sketch of one of the suspects.
The sketch has already been made available to the public for identification.
The SITG also has already done cross matching the shells and slug found in the crime scene.
Likewise, it also already enhanced the recovered CCTV footages with the help of the PNP Regional Anti-Cybercrime Unit.
We expect to have breakthroughs in this case at the soonest time possible.
We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family of Mr. Jumalon.
Maaasahan nila at ng publiko na nakatutok ang DILG at ang pulisya sa pagtugis at pagpapanagot sa may kagagawan ng pagpaslang na ito