Kapa members tagged in Kidapawan radio anchor’s slay
Three members of the Kapa-Community Ministry International (Kapa) were tagged in the murder of Brigada News FM radio anchor Eduardo “Ed” Dizon in Kidapawan City, Cotabato last July 10.
In a Malacañang briefing on Thursday, Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar presented two witnesses who confirmed the killing – Renato Sardoncillo and Hilario Lape Jr. – who were placed under the witness protection program.
Lape, a spotter during Dizon’s killing, bared the names of three out of 10 Kapa members who were in a meeting to carry out the plan. The six others are still being identified.
According to Lape, the three Kapa members involved in Dizon’s killing are Dante Tabusares (alias Bong Encarnacion) who is Kapa media coordinator for North Cotabato; Jun Jacolbe, Tabusares’ right hand man; and Jonel Herosaga, the gunman.
Herosaga is reportedly moonlighting as a bodyguard of a local politician in Kidapawan City whom he did not name.
Madonna Dizon, widow of the slain radio anchor, hailed the PTFoMS for quickly identifying her husband’s killers.
Dizon was positive that the Kapa members were behind her husband’s murder since they have been receiving death threats days before he was shot dead.
“Yes, 100 percent po sir. Kasi wala naman po kaming ibang threat na natatanggap at wala naman po kaming binabanggang iba kundi ang Kapa lamang na operation sa Kidapawan,” Dizon said.
She said while she and her husband had these threats blottered, they failed to request for security.
“Kaya hindi po kami nag-request ng security noon, kasi nakasanayan na namin doon na talagang iyon naman talaga ang kanyang trabaho, pag may kagalit po siya ay tini-threat niya,” Dizon said.
“Pero hindi po namin naisip na mag-asawa ay mayroon na po siyang kakayanan na gawin ito,” she added.
Andanar said the witnesses were presented to ensure that they would be given government protection as they were being subjected to intimidation or other forms of threat by the suspects.
Anadanar said it should also serve as encouragement to other witnesses in previous incidence of media violence to “come out in the open and help bring about justice” to slain media workers.
President Rodrigo Duterte ordered the closure of Kapa last June after the discovery of its illegal investment scam.
Under Administrative Order No. 1, the PTFoMS is tasked to protect the media from all forms of harassment, and to look into the killings of journalists. (PNA)