Widow of slain Negros Oriental broadcaster seeks Duterte’s help

DUMAGUETE CITY — The widow of slain Dumaguete broadcaster Rex Cornelio Pepino has written President Duterte to follow up on the investigation into her husband’s killing.

In a letter sent through Press Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, who chairs the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, Coleen Pepino asked the President to order a full autopsy of her husband’s remains.

Rex Cornelio Pepino, an outspoken broadcaster who denounced corruption in government, was killed on May 5 in barangay Daro, as he was driving home with Coleen around 8 p.m.

She said there was no full autopsy done on her husband, and that there could still be bullet slugs inside his body that could help solve the crime.

Coleen also asked that the investigation be done in Manila.

Police have tagged a person named Rodel Barillo as the suspect in the Pepino killing.Β But Barillo was also shot dead by still unknown assailants on May 12 in Guihulngan City.

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Police said a gun recovered from Barillo’s possession matched the gun used in Pepino’s murder, citing ballistic test reports.

Coleen said pinning a crime on a dead suspect sounds too convenient. She said if at all Barillo was a hired gun, he couldn’t have pulled off that crime by himself alone.

Coleen pointed out there were two vehicles the NBI had identified as part of the crime. The first vehicle was the Toyota Vios, which turned out is owned by the Province of Negros Oriental.

Pepino said the NBI had identified a policeman who served as a security officer of the Governor as the person who was driving the vehicle on the morning of May 5, the day her husband was shot and killed hours later.

The second vehicle, a Kia Rio, was also seen in the vicinity of the radio station that morning of May 5. It was also registered to another police officer.

These two police officers are now assigned in Manila, which she said she feels is part of an attempt to whitewash the case, and hamper the investigation of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security.

This story appears courtesy of Dumaguete MetroPost.

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