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Today's Punto

Jan 09, 2018

THE NATIONAL UNION of Journalists of the Philippines is appalled by the Court of Appeals ruling that has allowed the release of former Palawan Governor Joel Reyes, who, with his brother Mario, former mayor of Coron town, is suspected of masterminding the January 2011 murder of broadcaster, environmentalist and good governance advocate Gerardo “Gerry” Ortega.

Though we have yet to obtain a copy of the decision, news report quote Reyes’ lawyers as saying the appellate court has prohibited the Palawan Regional Trial Court Branch 52 from proceeding with the case against the former governor.

We do note that avenues remain for Doc Gerry’s family, friends and colleagues to seek to right this grievous wrong and we will continue to stand with them and support the continued struggle for justice and free expression.

We cannot, we will not, stand idly by and allow this to be another entry in the long and painful history of impunity in this country.

(NUJP’s rejoinder to the Ortega Family’s statement on the release of the alleged mastermind on the killing of Doc Gerry Ortega dated Jan. 7, 2018 and signed by Atty. Jo Clemente, acting chair)

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