Journalist killed in Panabo

Published June 7, 2018, 6:12 PM

by Roel Tibay

By Antonio Colina IV

DAVAO CITY – Journalist Dennis Wilfredo Denora was killed after being shot by a lone gunman at around 1:10 pm. on Thursday in Barangay New Pandan, Panabo City in Davao del Norte.

The 67-year old journalist, the publisher of a provincial weekly newspaper Trends and Time, was the sixth Mindanawon journalist and the 10th in the country killed under the Duterte administration.

Police Regional Officer (PRO) 11 spokesperson Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz said Denora was inside his car, Hyundai Elantra, when a still unidentified gunman shot him and his driver, Mayonito A. Rivera.

Rivera, who hit two gunshot wounds in his right hand, survived is now recovering at the Rivera Medical Center, Inc. in Panabo City.

Denora succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds on his head. The suspect immediately fled on foot. His remains were brought to Villa Funeral Parlor in Barangay Salvacion in the city.

Police recovered from the crime scene three fired bullets and one used cartridge case believed to be from a caliber .45 pistol.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Davao City chapter president Mart D. Sambalud condemned the killing of another Mindanawon journalist, who was an officer and active member of the Davao Region Multi-Media Group (DRMMG).

Denora was the sixth journalist killed in Mindanao and the 10th journalist in the country killed under the Duterte administration.

Sambalud said the latest killing was “a clear assault to press freedom, and it amplifies the existing climate of fear among journalists who are working in their local community.”