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Gov Oaminal deplores killing of Misamis Occidental broadcaster

Misamis Occidental Governor Henry S. Oaminal has condemned in the strongest term the killing of radioman Juan Jumalon, alias Johnny Walker.

The lone gunman shot Jumalon while inside his announcer’s booth in his residence in Purok 2, Barangay Don Bernardo A. Neri, Calamba, Misamis Occidental around 5:35 a.m. Sunday, November 5.

Citing a report from Calamba Mayor Jun Villanueva, Oaminal said that the suspect pretended to have an urgent announcement to make, hence, he was allowed to enter. But without provocation, the gunman shot the broadcaster twice.

“Having known this man as a fearless broadcaster, I share the grief of his family and the people of my province for we lost a truth crusader,” he said.

The governor ordered Provincial Police Director Col. Dwight Monato to thoroughly investigate the case.

The official said he also requested Police Regional Office 10 Regional Director Brig. Gen. Ricardo Layug to investigate the Jumalon case and all other cases of atrocities in Misamis Occidental. These include the Oct. 15 explosion of an improvised explosive device in Clarin which hit his convoy; the Oct. 23 shooting of Calamba Municipal Engr. Jopson Baones; and the Oct. 28 grenade throwing at the house of Villanueva.

“I trust that truth will prevail and justice will be served. To the people of Misamis Occidental, let us continue to be vigilant and unite to protect each other as one people,” Oaminal said.

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