A 67-year old publisher was shot and killed in Panabo City, Davao del Norte Thursday afternoon, June 7.
The victim is identified as Dennis Wilfredo Denora, publisher of local newspaper Trends and Time The Newspaper.
Police investigation showed that around 1:10 p.m. Denora and his driver Mayonito Revira were onboard a Hyundai Elantra with plate number ADP4822 when they were ambushed along the national highway fronting Century Bank in Barangay New Pandan, Panabo City.
Denora sustained multiple gunshot wounds on the head and body resulting to his death. Driver Revira meanwhile sustained two gunshot wounds in his right hand.
Revira was rushed to the Revira Hospital where he is now recuperating.
Authorities recovered three fired bullets and one fired cartridge case from a caliber .45 pistol.
Denora’s body now lies at the Villa Funeral Parlor in Barangay Salvacion.
The Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club (DNPRC) meanwhile condemned the killing of Denora.
“This is a tragic reminder of the physical risks journalists take as they work in the field. As a newspaper publisher like myself, I am disheartened by the death of one of the well-known columnists in Davao del Norte. Dennis Denora, an officer and member of the Davao Region Multi-Media group (DRMMG) is known for his fearless forecasts both in newspaper and in radio did have the highs and lows of the profession. We at DNPRC, believe it is not justifiable to take one’s life for personal or political reasons. His death awakens the anger and pains of journalists who do their job and yet are being judged by the pistol. In spite of us belonging to different clubs, we, at DNPRC strongly condemn this act, and by all means help and join-forces in seeking justice for the untimely death of journalist and publisher Dennis Denora,” said Pamela Gay B. Perales, president of the Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club.
Denora’s newspaper is known to publish stories critical of a politician in Davao del Norte.