Investigators are at a loss on what led to the killing of Davao del Norte-based publisher Dennis Wilfredo Denora, 67, who was shot dead by an unidentified gunman in Panabo City, Thursday afternoon.
Chief Insp. Milgrace Driz, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 11 (PRO 11), identified the victim as Dennis Wifredo Denora, 67, of Barangay New Pandan.
The motive behind his killing has yet to be determined.
Driz said based on the report of Panabo City Police Station, the incident happened around 1:00 p.m. of June 7 at National Highway fronting Century Bank.
The victim was shot to death by a gunman who fled on foot toward an unknown direction after the incident.
Denora was reportedly at the front seat of his car, driven by Mayonito Revira.
Recovered in the crime scene are three fired bullets and a fired cartridge case of suspected cal .45 pistol.
The cadaver of the victim now lies at Villa Funeral Parlor,brgy Salvacion , Panabo City while his driver is confined at the Rivera Medical Center.
Panabo City Mayor James Gamao condemned the killing of Denora saying the act was a disrespect to the press freedom in the country.
“Usahay kaning atong mga writers naay time nga mag say something sila nga dili favorable sa uban, pero mao man nay papel sa media. There are times that our writers will write something unfavorable to others, but that is the role of the media),” he said.
Gamao said even if he said something offensive in his articles, it was no reason to kill him for doing his job.
The mayor expressed hope that immediate justice will be served to the family of Denora.
Newsline, an on-line news agency, quoted Pamela Gay B. Perales, president of Davao del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club, as saying in a statement: “The Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club (DNPRC) under my leadership is angered and saddened by the news that at 2 p.m. today, June 7, 2018, our colleague, friend, kuyang and fellow newspaper publisher Dennis Denora was shot to death in broad daylight.”
“As a newspaper publisher like myself, I am disheartened by the death of one of the well-known columnists in Davao del Norte. Dennis Denora, an officer and member of the Davao Region Multi-Media group (DRMMG), is known for his fearless opinions both in newspaper and in radio.”
“We at DNPRC, believe it is not justifiable to take one’s life for personal or political reasons. His death awakens the anger and pain of journalists who do their job and yet are being judged by the pistol. We at DNPRC strongly condemn this act, and by all means help and join forces in seeking justice for the untimely death of journalist and publisher Dennis Denora.”
Meanwhile, Executive Director Ariel Cervantes Sebillino said that;
“The PPI is saddened by the death of journalist and publisher of Trends and Times based in Panabo, Davao del Norte. He used to be PPI trustee for Mindanao in the late 90’s representing his paper which was once a member. As reported, he was gunned down 2pm today by unidentified men. We condemn this yet another killing of a media worker. May justice be served.
“The institute urgently reminds our colleagues of their safety as they go about their routine as media practitioners.
“We pray for strength and guidance for his family and co-workers.”