PRESS STATEMENT NPC LAUDS PNP FOR ARREST OF ANOTHER MASSACRE SUSPECT

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PRESS STATEMENT
Ref. Paul M. Gutierrez
February 7, 2018

‘Wanted poster’ for other at-large suspects to be released
NPC LAUDS PNP FOR ARREST OF ANOTHER MASSACRE SUSPECT

THE National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC), the country’s oldest and largest organization of active members of the press, lauded the Philippine National Police in the Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (PNP-ARMM) and the Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) for the arrest last month of another suspect in the infamous 2009 ‘Ampatuan Massacre.’

“Belated this may be, our appreciation goes to the men and women of the PNP in the ARMM under Chief Supt. Graciano Mijares and, CIDG regional officer, S/Supt. James Allan Logan,” said NPC president Paul M. Gutierrez.

“Their effort showed that both the government and the media remain united in their effort to bring to the bar of justice all those who participated in this heinous crime,” he added.

News reports stated that combined elements of the national police managed to arrest Tho Amino at Bgy. Dalumangcob, Sultan Kudarat, Maguindanao, last January 20, 2018.

Amino is among the over 80 still-at-large suspects in the massacre that happened on November 23, 2009. The incident claimed the lives of 58 people, 32 of them journalists, making it the deadliest, single day attack against members of the press in the world.

As member of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), the NPC had pushed for the identification of all suspects yet to be arrested by the authorities during the task force’s meeting last November 2017 in Malacañang.

Toward this end, Gutierrez said the NPC is coordinating with task force executive director, undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, for the creation of an updated poster listing the names and pictures of the remaining suspects for distribution to various media organizations and law enforcement agencies.

“With this new poster, we also hope to encourage our countrymen to help in the rounding up of the remaining suspects in the interest of justice,” he added. ###

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