De Lima condemns killing of radio anchor in Davao del Sur, urges for swift passage of bill on journalist protection

De Lima condemns killing of radio anchor in Davao del Sur, urges for swift passage of bill on journalist protection

By Ernie Reyes

MANILA — Opposition Senator Leila M. de Lima condemned the recent
brutal killing of radio anchor Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy inside his
rented house in Bansalan town, Davao del Sur.

De Lima, a social justice and human rights champion, said she hopes
that the recent incident will prompt her Senate colleagues to help
push for the swift passage of her Proposed Senate Bill (SB) No. 1523
or the “Journalist Protection Act of 2020.”

“As we commemorate International Day to End Impunity for Crimes
Against Journalists, we join the media community in condemning the
brutal killing of radio anchor Orlando ‘Dondon’ Dinoy,” she said.

“Another member of the media brutally slain. Another call for a prompt
and impartial investigation. Another prayer, hoping that it will be
the last of the killings. But it will never stop as long as impunity
remains to be a state policy,” she added.

Based on media reports, Dinoy, a reporter of Catholic radio station
dxOM in Kidapawan City, was gunned down in his residence in Bansalan,
Davao del Sur last Oct. 30.

Media Security Task Force Executive Director Undersecretary Joel Egco
was reportedly mum on details of Dinoy’s death but shared that they
are looking into the possible involvement of two or three individuals.

Dinoy was the 21st journalist killed since 2016, according to the
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

In urging her colleagues to help push for the passage of SB No. 1523,
De Lima underscored the importance of crafting laws that will protect
media practitioners who risk their lives to provide the public with
relevant and updated news.

“Our fight against human rights violations entails that we continue to
push, vigilantly, for laws that will strengthen safety and security
measures for those who are risking their lives to serve as critical
voices of the people amid an environment of pervasive impunity,” she
added.

Under her proposed measure, media entities are required to grant
additional insurance coverage and hazard pay to journalists and other
media persons on field assignments, including those who are assigned
to cover disease-infected areas and disaster-stricken zones.

In the Global Impunity Index 2021 released by the Committee to Protect
Journalists in October, the Philippines remains to be the 7th
deadliest in the world for journalists in terms of unresolved cases. (ai/mtvn)

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