The Presidential Task Force on Media Security announced the arrest of one of the suspected gunmen in the murder of Filipino journalist Dennis Denora.
Authorities reported that Richard Posas Bolastig, one of the suspected gunmen, was arrested in the city of Davao in the southern Philippines.
“This is proof of the government’s unwavering commitment to bring to justice all perpetrators of media killings in the country,” said Secretary Martin Andanar, head of the Task Force.
“We will not rest until all those responsible for the murder of Dennis Denora are brought to justice,” added Andanar who is also head of the Presidential Communications Operations Office.
Bolastig is currently detained at the Tagum City Jail awaiting trial.
“We assure our media workers that the so-called culture of impunity in the Philippines has finally ended,” said Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, executive director of the Task Force.
Denora, publisher of Trends and Times, a community paper based in Davao del Norte, was killed by two gunmen in an ambush in Panabo City on June 7, 2018.
A murder charge has been filed against Bolastig and another unidentified companion in 2019 for the killing of Denora.
Egco said that in just four years, the government has resolved 50 cases of media killings with the conviction of accused Leonardo Banaag, Jr. for the murder of broadcaster Jovelito Agustin.
The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines, however, said 19 journalists and media workers have been killed since President Rodrigo Duterte took power in 2016.