College Editors Guild of the Philippines (CEGP) urged the Aquino administration to “take concrete actions” in resolving the cases of journalist killings in the country, as the death toll rises to 10 with the murder of Christopher Guarin, an editor of the newspaper Tatak at General Santos City, Mindanao.
Guarin was shot dead by two men while he was driving with his wife and daughter last Tuesday 10pm. He had received several death threats prior to the incident.
Guarin is the tenth journalist killed under the Aquino administration, and the eighty-sixth since Cory Aquino’s term.
“2012 opens with another case of extrajudicial killing. It is clear to us that the state doesn’t have serious plans in resolving cases of human rights violations,” said Pauline Gidget Estella, Deputy Secretary General of CEGP, the widest alliance of student publications in the country. “As future media practitioners, we condemn the incompetence, if not deliberate lack of action, in this issue of life and death.”
“Nobody has been held accountable for the many cases of extrajudicial killings under the term of Gloria Arroyo, from which Aquino has been trying hard to distinguish himself,” she added.
“In Aquino’s speeches from his electoral platform to his state of the nation address, he gave no definite plans in delivering justice for the victims of extrajudicial killings. In fact, during the first months of his term, the death toll has climbed to around 40,” Estella explained, adding that the authorities must jail not only the triggermen but more importantly, the masterminds of extrajudicial killings.