Bishop condemns killing of Dumaguete broadcaster

Bishop condemns killing of Dumaguete broadcaster

Radio broadcaster Edmund Sestoso, 51, is the ninth journalist killed since 2016. PHOTO FROM NUJP

By Roy Lagarde

May 3, 2018

Manila, Philippines

A Catholic bishop has condemned the killing radio broadcaster in Central Visayas, becoming the ninth journalist killed since 2016.

Bishop Julito Cortes of Dumaguete has joined the local media community of Negros Oriental in deploring “this dastardly act” that claimed the life of Edmund Sestoso.

“We are keeping the family and friends of Edmund Sestoso in our prayers in this time of grief and sorrow,” said Cortes.

“We also urge our local authorities to bring the perpetrators of this crime to justice the quickest possible time,” he said.

Unidentified gunmen attacked Sestoso, host of the program “Tug-anan” on DyGB Power 91, while he was on his way home after work in Dumaguete City on April 30.

Fighting for his life for a while, the 51-year-old victim died the following day, two days before the celebration of the World Press Freedom Day.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Sestoso is also the 182nd journalist killed in the country since 1986.

The bishop also added his voice in deploring the murder of Fr. Mark Ventura of the Archdiocese of Tuguegarao on April 29.

The 37-year-old priest was gunned down just after saying mass in Brgy. Piña Weste, Gattaran town, in Cagayan.

“Human Life is sacred in all its circumstances and condition. No one ever has the right to take it away for any reason whatsoever, except God alone, the only source and giver of life,” Cortes said.