Presidential task force orders probe of attack on radioman: Tututukan ‘yan!

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The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFOMS) has ordered a probe on the grenade attack on a radioman commenting on pressing issues in Catanduanes.

PTFOMS Executive Director Joel Sy Egco told the Philippine National Police Directorate for Investigation and Detection Management to conduct a “thorough investigation” on the attack against Zagitsit FM radio host Hermogenes “Jun” Alegre on March 18.

Egco said that while the motive behind the incident has yet to be confirmed, there is a possibility that Alegre’s work ess related to the threat on his life.

According to the police’s initial investigation, the grenade was thrown at Alegre’s car at around 1:15 a.m. on March 18. The blast resulted in minor damage to the car.

In an interview, Alegre said certain politikos may be getting affected by his commentaries, which he discusses on his daily morning public affairs program.

Some of the issues which Alegre has been discussing lately include the developments in the mega shabu laboratory found in Catanduanes, and the murder case of journalist Larry Que, who tagged Governor Joseph Cua in the illegal drug trade in the province.

Alegre has also been hot on the heels of the First Catanduanes Electric Cooperative Inc. (FICELCO), which is collecting millions of pesos from consumers for the storage and delivery of fuel to the Cua-owned Powerzone Corporation.

Egco said the PTFOMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and providr the necessary security and legal assistance to Alegre.