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    ‘Close dark pages of Philippine journalism’

    BENNY Antiporda, president of the National Press Club (NPC), on Tuesday said he hopes the murder of journalist Ruby Garcia will close the dark pages of Philippine journalism.
    “I am also appealing to President Benigno Aquino III to help us get into the bottom of Garcia’s murder, including those who were slain ahead of her,” Antiporda said shortly after the funeral march stopped at the foot of Mendiola (Chino Roces) Bridge, a few meters away from the gates of Malacanang Palace.
    After the indignation rally, Garcia was brought to Bacoor City in the province of Cavite where she was laid to rest.
    The NPC initiated the funeral march to express its indignation over the alleged apathy of the Aquino government on media killings.
    NPC documents show that Garcia was the 24th journalist murdered since President Aquino took power in 2010. She’s also the 164th victim since 1986 when democracy was restored in the country.
    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 6. Sustaining five gunshot wounds, she died in a hospital a few hours later.
    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.
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