NAGA City -- Former broadcast journalist, publisher and now big-time civil works contractor Noel de Luna has given assistance to the family of slain single mother Jeraldyn Rapiñan, whose body is at her wake at San Jose, Baao, Camarines Sur.
De Luna told Naga-based newsmen that despite the sensationalized story on the brutal murder of Rapiñan, he cautioned local reporters not to speculate on the case and let the police, the justice system to take its course, until those responsible are brought to justice.
De Luna, who began as an active broadcast journalist of several known national radio networks in Naga City in the 1980s and 1990s, had tackled sensational crime stories on broadcast and later became a philanthropist, giving donations to the needy and evacuees of the Mayon Volcano eruption early this year.
Reportedly, Rapiñan’s brutal murder has drawn followers on Facebook and solicited denunciation from listeners of local radio broadcasts, after the victim’s mother, Devensa Rapiñan, implicated a certain Rev. Fr. Tirao as the last person whom her daughter had arranged to meet, before she was later found dead.
Devensa had exposed over radio broadcast that her daughter was five-month pregnant reportedly fathered by the said priest.
Last June 19, the Catholic Church, in behalf of the Archbishop of Caceres Msgr. Rolando Tria Tirona through the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Caceres, Rev. Fr. Darius S. Romualdo, issued a statement supporting investigation by authorities and even vowed to conduct their own inquiry and take appropriate action in accordance to the code of the Canon Law.