POLICE Regional Office 1 director, Brigadier General Rodolfo S. Azurin Jr. yesterday vowed to leave no stone unturned in the investigation of the killing of 62-year old Northern Luzon reporter Virgilio ‘Vir’ Maganes.
“Let’s not allow people to be doing this to anybody. If we put our acts together, we can bring justice to Vir. Let Region 1 be the lead in stopping this senseless killing,” Azurin said as he called on anybody who has information on the identity and whereabouts of the killers and their mastermind to help them in their quest for justice for the murdered reporter.
He said that information can be sent to the hotline 7444701, 0936-9097844, 075-5427185 and 0917-1489938. The identity of the informant will be kept in utmost secrecy, the official assured.
The victim was about to enter his home in Sitio Licsab in Barangay San Blas in Villasis, Pangasinan around 6:30 a.m. Tuesday when he was shot six times by two motorcycle-riding assassins.
The victim, a columnist of the weekly Northern Watch and a commentator of radio station DwPR died on the spot.
Members of the Villasis Municipal Police Station headed by Major Fernando Fernandez rushed to the site and cordoned it to look for evidence and witnesses.
A Special Investigation Task Group was created by Azurin to spearhead the probe into the killing.
Maganes on November 8, 2016 survived a gun attack by playing possum. An initial investigation showed that the suspects attacked the victim as he was riding a tricycle. The gunmen later left a paper with the words ‘Drug pusher huwag pamarisan’ at the scene in what the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines was a clear attempt to divert attention from the real motive behind the failed slay attempt.
“Virgilio “Vir” Maganes represents a part of shunned society where his works deeply contributed to the call of public service. His murder is indeed a loss in the media community and in the entire country,” said Azurin.
The PRO1 and the whole Philippine National Police leadership headed by General Debold M. Sinas condemned in the strongest manner the killing of Maganes.
“We ensure that the PNP will seek the truth and will pursue the case no matter who gets caught and who gets hurt. Rest assured that those responsible for this murder should be urgently found and brought to justice,” Azurin said.
The official said that as of press time, the SITG Maganes already have found some leads and are looking at some ‘persons of interest’ identified thru CCTV footages near the crime scene.
“I encourage the Filipino community, especially our friends from the media to remain vigilant and help us in the speedy resolution of the case. As the Regional Director of Ilocos Region police, it is my distinct desire to bring the perpetrators to justice. Again, the speedy resolution of this case is in our priority. We will not stop until justice is served, “Azurin said.