IN the course of the deliberations of the Senate on the Philippine National Police (PNP) budget for 2024 last Thursday, Senate President Juan Miguel “Migz” Zubiri lauded the PNP for its quick response in the killing of radio broadcaster Juan Jumalon in Misamis Occidental.
Even before the recent development on the case made headlines, the PNP had already informed the senators about the arrest of the alleged gunman, identified by three witnesses and now facing legal action.
Video footage of the crime reveals the gunman and an accomplice forcibly entering the victim’s compound. The act of entering the compound is so reminiscent of the killing of Negros Governor Ruel Degamo where armed individuals in full battle gear stormed the governor’s compound, although in Jumalon’s case, two of his housemates are seen opening the gate for the two assailants who forced themselves in. Fortunately, the housemates were unharmed.
Zubiri said the prompt action on the case reflects positively on the efficiency and dedication of the 228,000-strong PNP.
As the Philippines gears up to host the Asia-Pacific Parliamentary Forum, Zubiri sought the PNP’s assistance for the event, likening it to the “APEC of Parliamentarians.” The APPF’s 31st Annual Meeting (APPF31) is scheduled for 23 to 26 November at the Philippine International Convention Center in Pasay City, bringing together approximately 300 parliamentarians from across the Asia-Pacific region.
Senator Sonny Angara joined in the commendation, acknowledging the PNP’s law enforcement during high-profile events like the FIBA World Cup hosted by the Philippines. He attributed the absence of untoward incidents to the visible presence and commendable performance of law enforcement personnel.
The senators also expressed confidence in the ongoing efforts to maintain public safety, noting that the current police-to-population ratio of 1 officer to 535 people, just slightly exceeding the global standard ratio of 1:500, indicates that the PNP is on a positive trajectory in fulfilling its mandate.
I also extend commendation to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), under the leadership of Executive Director Paul Gutierrez, for their dedicated efforts in addressing cases such as Jumalon’s, and for always looking after the well-being of journalists in the country.