The Human Rights Commission (CHR) launched its own investigation into the murder of lawyer Gilda Mahinay Sapie and her husband Muhaimen Mohammed Sapie on July 14 in the city of Davao.
The couple, who hosted the “Justice Redeemer” radio show, were reportedly shot dead by a sniper while outside their home in a gated community.
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In a statement, CHR said it has long advocated for the protection of members of the media and lawyers who deserve to practice their profession without fear of violence, intimidation and harassment.
Unfortunately, the Philippines has lost its place in the reporters Without Borders (RSF) world press freedom ranking for four consecutive years, CHR said.
“This drop in rankings coincides with recent results released by the Social Weather Stations survey which found that six in ten Filipinos agree that it is” dangerous to print or broadcast anything critical “of the current administration “even if it is the truth,” said the CHR through spokesperson Jacqueline Ann de Guia, lawyer.
Published reports said closed circuit television (CCTV) video taken outside their home showed the couple talking to visitors. Suddenly, Gilda fell to her knees. Her husband was also shot dead while trying to help her.
“The CHR denounces the latest violence against media figures and a law enforcement official,” De Guia said.
“We call for a swift investigation by Davao Police and other relevant authorities for a just resolution of this matter. Likewise, we continue to urge the government to put in place a concrete protection and prevention mechanism to ensure the reduction of violence on the ground and enable the media and legal professionals to do their work without fear of reprisals and reprisals. retaliation, ”she said.
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