Radio journalist Olea killing remains unsolved

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Raquel Olea, wife of slain broadcaster Romeo Olea, cries as she holds his picture 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/Rhaydz Barcia
Raquel Olea, wife of slain broadcaster Romeo Olea, cries as she holds his picture 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/Rhaydz Barcia

By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

NAGA CITY (BicolToday.com/22-June-2012) – The killing of radio journalist Romy Olea last year in Camarines Sur remains unsolved. No arrests were made and no suspects were identified.

Several members of the media led by Mark Rodriguez of NUJP (National Union of Journalists of the Philippines) Camarines Sur chapter, and Olea’s family sponsored a special mass in Nabua town to mark the first death anniversary of Olea, who was slain on June 13, 2011.

Olea, 49, radio reporter of DWEB FM, was on his way to work early morning when he was gunned down in front of the Holy Child Learning Center at the boundary of Iriga City and Nabua town.

Since then, authorities have drawn out nothing, but blanks in identifying the gunmen, and the mastermind. According to NUJP chapter in Albay, the police had seemed to lose interest in solving the case.

Olea was the eighth (8) Bicol journalist murdered since 1986.

The others were John Villanueva, Joy Militante and Ruel Endrinal of Albay; Nelson Nadura and Tony Castillo of Masbate; Ricardo Ding Uy of Sorsogon, and Olea’s colleague at dwEB FM, Mike Belen.

None of the cases has been solved.

The NUJP lamented on the countless tragedies that claimed the lives of journalists, asking on “how many more anniversaries of our fallen colleagues must we, and those they left behind, commemorate in anger and sorrow for the justice that continues to be denied them?”

“Once again we say that government inaction and apathy towards media killings and other extrajudicial murders make the state complicit to these most heinous of human rights violations,” said NUJP in the statement. “Every case that remains unsolved is a case the state should rightly be held accountable for”.

“Allowing the loss of so many lives, many at the hands of state agents, and allowing these cases to remain unsolved can only mean one thing – this government supposedly sworn to protect us actually approves of the bloodshed,” added NUJP. [Bicoltoday.com]

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