MANILA, Philippines - A congresswoman today offered an additional P250,000 for the arrest of the suspects in the murder of a radio journalist in Malabon City last week.
Malabon City Rep. Jaye Lacson-Noel's P250,000 raised the reward money for the capture of the killers of radio dzME's Len Flores Sumera to P400,000.
Parts of the reward were offered by Malabon City Mayor Tito Oreta (P100,000) and the National Press Club (P50,000).
Sumera was gunned down while on her way to the radio station last March 24. She died of a gunshot wound in the nape.
"Sumera's untimely death is a reminder of the continued challenges to our national security. We must step up our commitment to make our country safe for our journalists, and for women," Lacson-Noel said in a statement. "I am hoping that the additional incentive encourages people to come forward with information."
The lady radio journalist, who hosts a public service program in dzME, was laid to rest on Sunday.
Police said that Sumera's killing could be related to a land dispute in her barangay in Malabon City.
The Northern Police District has released the computerized images of the three suspected killers of Sumera.
Lacson-Noel said that Sumera's killing should not "go unnoticed."
"I am confident that with a coordinated, comprehensive approach, we can capture the perpetrators and ensure that Sumera's death was not in vain. I salute her contribution to our community as a courageous journalist, staunch advocate of the urban poor, wife and mother," she said.