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    Funeral march for slain Filipino journalist set

    NATIONAL Press Club (NPC) President Benny Antiporda on Tuesday will lead Manila journalists in a funeral march to Malacanang Palace in seeking justice for their slain media colleague Ruby Garcia.
    Garcia, 52, a reporter of the daily tabloid Remate, was gunned down by two men in front of her 10-year old granddaughter and sister-in-law at her home in Bacoor City, Cavite April 7. Sustaining five gunshot wounds, she died in a hospital a few hours later.
    Garcia was the 64th journalist murdered under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III and the 164th since 1986 when democracy was restored in the country.
    Police investigators said the slain journalist's attackers did not hide their identities when they barged into the victim's home at past 10 a.m.
    Garcia was the publisher of the Pilipino Times and a block timer of a local radio station.
    She was also president of a newly formed group of journalists in the Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) called the Confederation of Active Media Practitioners Organization.
    Police said they are looking at politicians and policemen as possible masterminds of Garcia's murder.
    At the Upper House, Senator Grace Poe has already appealed to the Philippine National Police (PNP) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to pin down Garcia’s assailants.
    “We press for the timely resolution of cases of violence against journalists to serve as a stern warning to all in pursuit of justice, freedom of speech, and democracy,” Poe said in a statement.
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