CEGP condemns killing of former NUJP regional chair

The College Editors Guild of the Philippines vehemently condemns the killing of journalist Edmund Sestoso, host of radio program "Tug-anan" on DYGM-FM Power 21. He died Tuesday afternoon, May 1, two days before the commemoration of the World Press Freedom Day.

Sestoso, 50, former chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Dumaguete Chapter, was shot by still unidentified assailants on Monday after his morning public affairs program. He declared dead by doctors shortly past 3 p.m. on Tuesday at the SIlliman University Medical Center Foundation Inc.

Sestoso is the ninth journalist to be killed under the regime of United States lapdog President Rodrigo Duterte and the 182nd since 1986.

The Guild holds the Duterte administration accountable for the perpetuation of the worsening culture of impunity in the country and his blatant moves to completely silence the Philippine press.

We call on all media practitioners, campus journalists and peace-loving individuals to join the CEGP’s mobilization to celebrate the World Press Freedom Day tomorrow, May 3 and to condemn all attacks against the Philippine press and the Filipino people. We must unite for the advancement of people’s rights and welfare and to combat state-perpetuated violence and all forms of repression that targets our freedom and democratic rights.

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