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Composite sketch of suspect in Misamis Occidental broadcaster’s slay released

Vince Lopez

The Philippine National Police (PNP) on Monday released the composite sketch of one of the suspects who shot dead a 57-year-old broadcaster while his program was being live-streamed in Calamba town, Misamis Occidental province on Sunday.

PNP public information office chief and spokesperson Col. Jean Fajardo said the Police Regional Office (PRO) 10’s (Northern Mindanao) Regional Forensic Unit made the facial composite and the copy was provided by the Misamis Occidental Provincial Police Office (PPO).

Based on the composite sketch, the suspect was described as around 5-foot-5 to 5-foot-6 tall, around 40 years old, and with brown complexion.

The suspect was wearing a red hat, a green shirt, and black shorts when the crime took place.

“Computerized facial composite of one of the suspects in the shooting incident victimizing Juan Jumalon or Johnny Walker. Ito ang kasama ng gunman na naiwan sa may gate (This is the one with the gunman whose image was caught at the gate),” Fajardo told reporters.

Jumalon, also known as DJ Johnny Walker of Calamba Gold FM 94.7, was shot inside his home studio in Purok 2, Barangay Don Bernardo A. Neri around 5:35 a.m. on Sunday, while live streaming the program “Pahapyod sa Kabuntangon.”

He was declared dead on arrival at Calamba District Hospital.

Condemnation

Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) Secretary Benjamin Abalos Jr. condemned the attack against Jumalon.

“It was a direct assault on press freedom and to a greater extent on our democracy. Upon the directive of President Ferdinand R. Marcos, Jr., the Philippine National Police (PNP) has already activated the Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) ‘Johnny Walker’ to run after and send the perpetrators behind bars,” Abalos said in a separate statement.

“We expect to have breakthroughs in this case at the soonest time possible. We extend our deepest sympathies to the bereaved family of Mr. Jumalon,” he added.

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