|Philippine cop turfed after female journalist’s murder
The police chief of a Philippine town was suspended after a national newspaper reporter who he argued with was murdered, in the latest of a string of media killings, authorities said.
Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter with a popular tabloid, was shot dead on Sunday in her home about 30 kilometers from Manila, national police spokesman Chief Superintendent Reuben Sindac said.
The police chief of Tanza town, near where Garcia lived and worked, was suspended today “so he can not affect the ongoing investigation.’’
“This is administrative relief because of reports the Tanza police chief figured in an altercation with the victim before the incident,'' Sindac said.
However Sindac emphasised this did not necessarily mean the local police chief, Superintendent Conrado Villanueva, was a suspect.
Garcia had worked for the 'Remate' newspaper for 10 years covering police and local government issues, according to publisher, Benny Antiporda.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines denounced the killing, saying that if Garcia's murder was work-related, it would be the 20th such media killing since President Benigno Aquino took office in 2010.—AFP