Task group formed for probe on radioman’s slay

Emmanuel Tupas - The Philippine Star

MANILA, Philippines — Philippine National Police (PNP) chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar yesterday ordered the creation of a special investigation task group to look into the killing of a radio commentator in Cebu City on Thursday.

Eleazar said probers should work overtime to identify those behind the murder of Renante Cortes.

“Inutos ko na ang pagbuo ng special investigation task group upang mapabilis ang pag-iimbestiga at pagdakip sa mga taong may kagagawan nito,” he said in a statement.

Cortes had just finished his program when he was shot in front of radio station dyRB in Barangay Mambaling. Eleazar vowed justice for Cortes’ family.

He said probers would look into all possible angles, including threats the victim received in the practice of his profession.

“Walang puwang lalo na sa isang demokrasyang bansa ang pananakot, pananakit at pagpatay sa mga taong tinuturing na simbolo ng malayang pagpapahayag,” he said.

Eleazar urged people who witnessed the shooting to come forward and cooperate with authorities.

The local police said Cortes could have been killed by sniper fire as no gunman was seen in the area.

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