Preliminary hearing on Cuesta case set Friday at DOJ

The Department of Justice on Friday will hold a preliminary hearing on the killing of RMN broadcaster Dennis Cuesta.

The hearing is set at 2 p.m. Friday, September 12, 2008, at the Department of Justice in Manila.

The journalist’s widow, Gloria Cuesta, will testify in the hearing.

Cuesta was shot on August 4, 2008, in General Santos City by motorcycle-riding gunmen. He sustained fatal wounds on the head and body. He fell into coma and died five days after the shooting.

A murder case has been filed last month before the Justice department against Senior Inspector Redempto “Boy” Acharon, Sr. after witnesses identified him as the gunman.

Director General Avelino Razon, National Police chief, has issued orders for Acharon’s administrative relief and for him to be brought to the Custodial Detention Center in Camp Crame pending the formal filing of an administrative case.

Reports from the field, however, revealed that Acharon remains free and is still in General Santos City.

Cuesta used to anchor the public affairs program “Straight to the Point” and was known for his commentaries on controversial issues like illegal gambling, graft and corruption in government and illegal drugs.

He was the fifth journalist killed this year and the 60th since 2001. #

IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office

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