The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has issued a stern warning against some local government and police officials who are reportedly protecting the alleged mastermind in the brutal killing of Kidapawan-based radioman Eduardo Dizon.

In a letter to Police Regional Office (PRO) Region 12 director Brig. Gen. Alfred Corpus, PTFoMS Executive Director Jose Joel Sy Egco said his office had received reports that Dante Encarnacion Tabusares alias Bong Encarnacion had been sighted freely roaming around with armed escorts.

Corpus has also been asked to immediately serve the warrant of arrest (WOA) issued by Regional Trial Court Branch 61 Presiding Judge Henelinda J. Molina-Diaz of Kidapawan City on January 15, 2020.

“This is against the law.”

“We sent an urgent and no-nonsense letter to PRO 12 because the Task Force has been receiving reports of recent sightings of Tabusares allegedly with armed escorts and that he is allegedly enjoying the protection of some local officials,” Sy Egco said.

“This is against the law. We believe that such reports need to be verified and if proven, should warrant legitimate action.”

Sy Egco added that “the issuance of the WOA issued against Tabusares “means he is no longer entitled to protection, if at all, by any state agency or its agents.”

“He should be better off in the custody of the court,” he added.

“The Task Force is constantly monitoring the developments in its case inventory.”

For his part, PTFoMS Co-Chair and Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar said the PTFoMS is a proactive organization, which takes its job very seriously.

“This straightforward letter is an initiative that proves that the Task Force is constantly monitoring the developments in its case inventory, including those not reported by traditional media,” Andanar added.

Dizon, Brigada News FM–Kidapawan station manager, was shot dead while driving home along the national highway in Kidapawan City on July 19, 2019.

The Task Force is closely coordinating with the officials of PRO 12 on this issue.

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