The Pampanga Press Club condemns in the strongest terms the killing of one of its members Jesus “Jess” Malabanan, correspondent of Manila Standard Today.
Jess to many among us, a long-time reporter and stringer for many media outfits for many years, had proven himself to be a man dedicated to his duties as a journalist.
Per initial reports, Jess was shot in the vicinity of their residence in Samar by unidentified gunmen on the early evening of December 8, 2021. We call on the Philippine National Police and other authorities to help in the prompt investigation that would lead to the arrest of the perpetrators of this cowardly act in the interest of justice.
(Statement of the Pampanga Press Club on the killing of Jess Malabanan, 8 Dec. 2021. Signed by president Noel Tulabut)