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mediaDavao Region journalists on November 3, 2018 marked the death of newsman  Dennis Denora with a candle lighting event at the site where he was shot dead in Panabo City. Media workers in Mindanao on the day joined the celebration of  International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists.

Denora, publisher of Trends & Times, a widely-read weekly circulated in the Davao Region, was shot dead by unknown assailants in Panabo City on July  2018. HIS MURDER REMAINS UNSOLVED.

International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists

In Kidapawan City in North Cotabato, local journalists and from neighboring areas joined other members of the press across Mindanao on Friday for candle lighting events that were organized to mark the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

The candle lighting here was held at the grounds of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corp. along Daang Maharlika, as similar events were simultaneously held in the cities of Tacurong, Zamboanga, Davao, Tagum, Ozamis and Cagayan de Oro.

The United Nations General Assembly adopted a resolution in 2013 declaring Nov. 2 as International Day to End Impunity for Crimes Against Journalists.

In a statement, the Mindanao Independent Press Council (MIPC) said it joins colleagues from around the world in calling for a stop to crimes committed against journalists.

“Let us remember those who sacrificed and died while doing a legitimate story in the quest for truth. Their death should be our strength in seeking truth and justice,” said the MIPC, an organization of Mindanao journalists who bonded together to advance press freedom and democracy.

The MIPC urged journalists and media organizations not to forget the still unsolved cases of the Maguindanao Massacre, where 32 journalists and media workers perished.

The group also called on the media to fight fake news.

“In the era of fake news, let us reaffirm our commitment to stay truthful, balanced and fearless. Let not political correctness hamper our commitment to press freedom and democracy,” it said.

The group recently organized the Mindanao Media Safety and Security Summit in Davao City. (PNA)



Special Assistant to the President Christopher Lawrence “Bong” Go on Sunday, July 1,  said government authorities are doing their best to bring to justice the killers of Davao del Norte-based journalist Dennis Denora.

Denora, publisher of  the weekly newspaper Trends and Times, was killed by riding-in-tandem gunmen in an ambush in Panabo City on June 7.

They are already zeroing in on the suspects,” Go told media in Tagum City in Davao del Norte.

Go was referring to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) which has been ordered by Malacañang to investigate the Denora killing. PTFoMS is headed by Communications Undersecretary Joel Egco.

PTFoMS was created by President Rodrigo R. Duterte in 2016 to investigate  media killings and harassment.


Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque, in a press briefing in Davao City on June 28, assured that the Duterte administration is seriously looking into the killing of media practitioners.

The government’s initiatives are not merely a “lip service,” said Roque. Earlier a day after Denora was killed, Egco said an “influential politician” could be behind the murder.

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The multi-agency Task Force Denora, created by the Davao del Norte provincial police office, earlier said it was looking into politics as a possible motive in the killing of the Panabo City-based journalist.

Denora, who also anchors a daily commentary program in a local radio station, was an avid critic of House Speaker Pantaleon Alvarez.

Alvarez, who represents Davao del Norte’s first congressional district, denied hand in the killing. 

Friends of Denora, including Governor Anthony del Rosario and 2nd District Rep. Antonio Floirendo Jr., have raised P1.5  million as prize for information that could lead to Denora’s killers.