Cop in murder of broadcaster in Davao Oriental now in jail

Subscribe Now November 07, 2010 at 03:40pm

A policeman charged with the murder of a broadcaster in Mati, Davao Oriental, was finally put behind bars.

Jesiderio Camangyan, the broadcaster, was murdered on June 14, becoming one of dozens of victims of extrajudicial killings that went on from the nine-year administration of ex-President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo until the early days of the current Aquino administration. Superintendent Querubin Manalang, spokesperson of the Southern Mindanao regional police office, confirmed on Friday that PO1 Dennis Lumikid had been transferred from the custody of his superiors on Wednesday following the issuance of a commitment order for his transfer to the Davao Oriental Provincial Jail.

The order, dated October 22, was signed by Judge Jordan Reyes of Regional Trial Court Branch 5, about two months after Lumikid was indicted for Camangyan’s murder.

Manalang told Inquirer that the Davao Oriental police office received the commitment order on Wednesday and immediately transferred Lumikid to the provincial jail.

Journalists in the region welcomed the imprisonment of Lumikid.

Dodong Solis, formerly of the Radyo Mo Network here, said the commitment order was a major boost to the fight for Camangyan and other victims of media killings.

“This is a big triumph but we must not stop. Journalists must continue fighting until the brains behind the killing of Camangyan are also put behind bars,” Solis said.

Earlier, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Davao expressed apprehension over the slow resolution of the Camangyan murder case.

“We do not want this to end up like the case against the suspected gunman of broadcaster Dennis Cuesta, who went missing following his release from restrictive custody of the PNP. Cuesta’s case had been archived as the suspect had gone at large,” the NUJP said.

Cuesta is a General Santos City broadcaster slain in 2008. His alleged assailant, SPO4 Redempto Acharon, remains at large.

“The prosecution of Camangyan is a litmus test of how the Aquino administration will address the clamor for justice not only for slain journalists but for other cases of political killings,” the NUJP added.

Camangyan was hosting a singing contest in Barangay Old Macopa in Manay, Davao Oriental, when shot dead.

Witnesses pointed to Lumikid as the gunman.

Former Old Macopa village chair Romeo Antoling, who invited Camangyan to the affair, was tagged as a suspect and is still being hunted.

Prior to his death, Camangyan heavily criticized illegal logging and illegal gambling in Davao Oriental.


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