Journalist killed by unknown gunman in Davao del Sur

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, October 31) — A journalist in Davao del Sur was killed by an unknown gunman Saturday evening. Newsline Philippines confirmed Orlando "Dondon" Dinoy, one of their reporters, has died.

"He was killed inside his boarding house past 6 p.m. tonight,"' the Davao City-based media outlet said in a post on its Facebook page.

Newsline Philippines said an initial report indicated Dinoy was in his rented apartment in Poblacion Uno, Bansalan, when the gunman went inside and shot him at close range.

In a statement on Sunday, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) condoled with Dinoy's family.

Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, the executive director of PTFoMS, said the government condemned the crime "in the strongest terms."

Egco said he was coordinating with PBGen Filmore Escobal, the director of Police Regional Office 11, to determine those responsible for Dinoy's killing.

In a separate statement, Philippine National Police chief Gen. Guillermo Eleazar said he had ordered an investigation into the incident.

“Ipinapaabot ko ang taus-pusong pakikiramay sa mga naulila at kasamahan ni Orlando Dinoy at bilang aksyon ay inatasan ko na ang RD, PRO11 (regional director, Police Regional Office 11) na tutukan ang kasong ito upang mapanagot kung sino man ang may gawa ng krimeng ito,” he said.

[Translation: I extend my heartfelt condolences to those left behind by Orlando Dinoy and in response, I have ordered the RD, PRO11 to focus on this case to those responsible for this crime will be made accountable.]

On Sunday, Justice Secretary Menardo Guevara said the PTFoMS will "lead and coordinate" the investigation into Dinoy's death.

"The PNP and the NBI (National Bureau of Investigation) are member agencies of the PTFoMS. Kasama sila sa lahat ng investigations [They are included in all investigations]. We are calling on all journalists and media persons who feel that their personal security is at risk to immediately inform the PTFoFMS, through its executive director Joel Egco, so that the task force may take all the necessary protective or preemptive measures," added Guevarra.

Dinoy's death comes after a report from the New York City-based Committee to Protect Journalists that said the Philippines is the seventh worst country when it comes to prosecuting killers of journalists.

In its latest Global Impunity Index released on Wednesday, the media watchdog noted that the Philippines has 13 unsolved media killings from 11 in 2020, adding that between 1992 and 2021, 85 journalists were "murdered".