THE National Press Club of the Philippines bewails the murder early this evening of Alex Balcoba, a tabloid reporter and director of the Manila Police District Press Corps.
Colleagues at the MPDPC who immediately rushed to the scene of the incident in Sta. Cruz, Manila, said Balcoba was preparing to go home when he was gunned down by two riding-in-tandem suspects near his family-owned store.
As common in previous cases, the suspects managed to escape.
Even as we take cognizance of the Manila Police District’s assurance of an “in-depth investigation” of this latest act of violence at the heart of our nation’s capital thru the formation of a “special task group,” the incident again highlights the fact that criminality remains rampant and unchecked.
The culture of impunity that is behind these attacks is yet to be addressed by the authorities despite their repeated boasts and promises.
More than 30 media killings have been recorded under the Aquino administration. Regrettably, not a case has been solved where the suspects have been arrested and sentenced and the brains identified and prosecuted to serve the end of justice.
Even as we at the NPC condoles with the family and friends of Balcoba and join their call for justice, we also call on the government not to again use the excuse of first establishing whether his death is “work related” or not before acting with seriousness and determination in solving it.
Again, Balcoba’s death is already one murder too many in the ranks of the media.
To the government: We are tired of excuses. We want action. We demand justice.