Bicol Journalists to take Olea case to DOJ

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The son of slain broadcaster Romeo Olea cries as he touches the coffin of his father during his burial at a public cemetery in Iriga City, south of Manila June 18, 2011. Olea, 49, was gunned down on June 13 while on his way to his office in Camarines Sur. He was the second broadcaster from a local radio station assassinated in Iriga City in the past year and the fourth journalist killed under the Aquino administration. REUTERS/Daylife
The son of slain broadcaster Romeo Olea cries as he touches the coffin of his father during his burial at a public cemetery in Iriga City, Camarines Sur June 18, 2011. Olea, 49, was gunned down on June 13 while on his way to his office in Camarines Sur. He was the second broadcaster from a local radio station assassinated in Iriga City in the past year and the fourth journalist killed under the Aquino administration. REUTERS/Daylife

LEGAZPI CITY – Culture of impunity continues under P-Noy administration which is redundantly boasting ‘matuwid na daan and kayo ang boss ko’ slogan. This administration’s battlecry made us believe and hope that the government will respect press freedom and human rights.

“To our dismay, what we are experiencing are non-stop human rights violations and extra-judicial killings. Alarmingly, media practitioners are not sparred as Romeo Olea, 49 years old, DZGE commentator and contributor writer of Bicol Mail, a local news paper was gunned down infront of Holy Child Learning Center in Iriga City, Camarines Sur” Casilihan said.

Olea ranked eight among the journalist who were killed from 1988 to date in Bicol Region alone and the 25th victim of extra-judicial killings in less than a year reign of P-Noy as Philippine president.

A source revealed that Olea was among the Bicol Journalists listed in the AFP Order of Battle (OB). Knowing that the victim was a vocal critique of the past and present administration, the human rights leader believed that the latter’s killing was part of the government Oplan Bayanihan being executed by the Armed Forces which aims to silence critical organizations and individuals vocally opposing their anti-people policies and programs.

“We are being challenge by the AFP to show them the aforementioned Order of Battle where Olea and other Bikolano journalist were listed. This is very ironic, it is not KARAPATAN’s burden and obligation to find and show it rather we challenge them to do so since it concern the lives of many being unfairly and secretly sentence to death.”

“We pervently request Secretary Leila De Lima to help us in solving and giving justice to the death of her kababayan Romeo Olea” Casilihan ended.

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