Police arrested on Wednesday a suspect in the killing of a Negros Occidental broadcaster in August last year.
The Philippine National Police-Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (PNP-CIDG) nabbed Noel Guimeroy, who is allegedly one of those responsible for the killing of broadcast journalist Neil Jimena in 2011.
Guimeroy was arrested in Barangay Tinungan in Isabela town at 6 a.m. Wednesday, Director Samuel Pagdilao Jr. of the PNP-CIDG said in a statement. The suspect is currently facing a murder case in connection to Jimena’s killing.
Jimena was gunned down while on his way home by two motorcycle-riding men on August 22 last year. He was the fourth Filipino journalist to be killed in the country in 2011.
Pagdilao said Guimeroy’s arrest “showcased the commitment of the PNP in running after criminals involved in the killing of the member of the fourth estate.”
The Philippines is considered to be one of the countries with the worst records in resolving crimes in involving journalists. It ranked third worst in the Committee to Protect Journalist (CPJ)’s Impunity Index last year, which calculates unresolved media killings.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said 13 journalists have already been killed under President Benigno Aquino III’s two-year-old administration. — with Andreo Calonzo/RSJ, GMA News