MalacaÑang condemned yesterday the violence against journalists and called on the authorities to bring to justice the persons behind the death of Catanduanes journalist Larry Que, publisher of Catanduanes News Now.
“We condemn violent, violence perpetrated against journalists. And we call on the authorities to investigate the matter so that justice will be served,” presidential spokesperson Ernesto Abella said in his regular briefing yesterday.
Que was shot in the head by an unknown gunman around 10 a.m. on Monday as he was about to enter the building housing his insurance office in Virac. He died at 1:45 a.m. on Tuesday.
The gunman, who was wearing a bonnet and raincoat, fled the crime scene on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines believes that Que’s death was related to his column, written in Bicolano, about the shabu laboratory discovered by police and military forces on November 26 in Bgy. Palta Small.
Que’s column said that it was likely that Chinese residents in the province assisted the Chinese nationals in setting up the facility.
Police have yet to establish the motive behind the killing of Que as they are still looking for witnesses.
At the wake of Que at his home in Bgy. Cabisigan, his wife Edralin told reporters that “she did not know of any threat to her husband’s life, or any known enemies.”
Meanwhile, Police Regional Office 5 director Chief Supt. Melvin Ramon G. Buenafe yesterday ordered a thorough investigation into the killing of Que and a hunt for his killers.