PTFoMS Press Release: DOJ forms Special Panel of Prosecutors for Larry Que case

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PTFoMS Press Release:
June 23, 2017

DOJ forms Special Panel of Prosecutors for Larry Que case

A special panel of prosecutors has been formed by the Department of Justice (DOJ) to expedite the resolution of the case of Larry Que, former publisher of Catanduanes News Now.

This was announced by DOJ Assistant Secretary Juvy R. Manwong during the Regular Meeting of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) held last June 21, 2017 at the Conference Hall of the Bureau of Communications Services Building in Malcanang, Manila.

Larry Que was shot in the head by unknown assailants on 19 Decemeber 2016, as he was about to enter the building where his insurance office in Virac is located. He died the following day.

The gunman fled the crime scene on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. Before he was gunned down, based on his investigation, Catanduanes News Now published alleged drug activities in the province starting December 13, 2016.

He named Catanduanes Gov. Cua as the person responsible for the drug laboratory.

With his death, Que was not able to publish the second issue of the newspaper and his “ultimate expose” — a history of Cua’s supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade in Catanduanes and other areas.

His common-law wife Edralyn Pangilinan, filed murder charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Governor Joseph Cua, PO1 Vincent Tacorda, Prince Lim Subion, and two unidentified men.

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STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR LARRY QUE AND HIS FAMILY

We, the officers and members from various media organizations, in no uncertain terms, are solidly behind the speedy resolution of the murder case of Mr. Larry Que, our slain fellow journalist, erstwhile publisher of the Catanduanes News Now.

Larry Que was shot in the head by unknown assailants on 19 Decemeber 2016, as he was about to enter the building where his insurance office in Virac is located. He died the following day.

The gunman fled the crime scene on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice. Before he was gunned down, based on his investigation, Catanduanes News Now published alleged drug activities in the province starting December 13, 2016.

He named Catanduanes Gov. Cua as the person responsible for the drug laboratory.

With his death, Que was not able to publish the second issue of the newspaper and what could have been his “ultimate expose” — a history of Cua’s supposed involvement in the illegal drug trade in Catanduanes and other areas.

His common-law wife Edralyn Pangilinan, filed murder charges with the Department of Justice (DOJ) against Governor Joseph Cua, PO1 Vincent Tacorda, Prince Lim Subion, and two unidentified men.

We condemn in the strongest possible terms any and all forms of violence against Media Workers and likewise strongly urge all those concerned to expedite the resolution of this case.

STOP KILLING JOURNALISTS!

– Melinda Quintos De Jesus, Executive Director, Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

– Paul Gutierrez, President, National Press Club

– Ryan Rosauro,Chairman, National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

– Ruperto Nicdao Jr., President, Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas

– Nelson Santos, President, Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc.

– Ariel C. Sebellino, Executive Director, Philippine Press Institute

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