The Alliance for Nationalism and Democracy (ANAD) Partylist joins local media groups in calling for justice for slain Davao City-based broadcaster Ferdie “Batman” Lintuan two years ago tomorrow, Dec. 24.
ANAD Partylist reechoed the call for law authorities to bear all the results of their investigation into the killing of Lintuan, Juan “Jun” Pala, Jr. and other media personalities in the region and to speed up the prosecution of suspects.
“Justice delayed is justice denied,” said ANAD Partylist Representative Jun Alcover, also a broadcaster and president of the Cebu Association of Media Practitioners (CAMP).
To commemorate the second death anniversary of Lintuan, the Tri-Media Organization for Peace and Alliance in Mindanao (TROPA) led by broadcaster Manny Autida is sponsoring a high noon holy mass on Dec. 24 at the St. Peter Parish in Davao City.
A wreath-laying would follow at 2 p.m. at the crime scene in the corner of R. Castillo and San Antonio Sts., Brgy. Agdao. A merienda and media fellowship would cap the event at Kane Restaurant on Magallanes st. from 3 to 4 p.m.
ANAD Partylist-Mindanao Coordinator Arthur Tariman said his group is actively supporting the events.
There have been suspicions of whitewash in the investigation into the killing of Lintuan and Pala, both broadcasters of radio station DXGO in Davao City.
Ferdie was aboard his Volkswagen car with broadcasters Lucio Ceniza and Edgar Banzon when shot dead by a motorcycle assassin after his morning radio show on Dec. 24, 2007 few meters from DXGO broadcast studios.
Unidentified gunmen riding a motorcycle shot Pala while he was walking home with a bodyguard and a friend in Davao City early dawn on Sept. 6, 2003.
Lintuan and Pala’s killings had the mark of extra-judicial executions carried out by the shadowy Davao Death Squad (DDS), believed to be behind the spate of unsolved summary killings in the city.
Since the Duterte administration started, 952 persons including Lintuan and Pala were killed in Davao City by suspected DDS gunmen.
Lintuan, an anti-communism broadcaster, survived the communist terrorists’ bloody attack on radio station DXRA on Magallanes st. in Davao City on August 27, 1987 where nine people were killed including anti-communism crusader Leo Palo, former radio public affairs host-tandem of Pala at DXOW.
Pala, spokesman of the Alsa Masa anti-communism movement in the ‘80s, survived at least two previous attacks. His murder prompted the creation of an inter-agency Task Force Usig that looks into media killings.
They were both known for their stingy criticisms on City Hall and government anomalies and malpractices. They did not even spare the tough-talking Mayor Rody Duterte in their fearless tirades.
Lintuan was accusing anomalies on Mayor Duterte’s P71-million People’s Park project before his murder, while Pala was harshly critical of the Duterte administration for years preceeding his killing.
Investigators however arrested and filed charges against fellow DXGO broadcaster Nilo Larosa for the killing of Lintuan. There has been no news on the progress of the case.(ANAD PARTLIST-MINDANAO INFONEWS BUREAU)
ARTHUR J. TARIMAN
Spokesman, ANAD Partylist-Mindanao
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