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KAPA members tagged in broadcaster’s slay

August 23, 2019

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Thursday linked members of the controversial religious group Kapa Community Ministry International to the killing of a radio broadcaster in Kidapawan City.

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Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, PTFoMS co-chairman, presented two witnesses who identified the suspects behind the slay of Eduardo “Kabrigada Ed” Dizon.

The two witnesses — Renato Sagoncillo and Helario Lapi Jr. — acted as spotters when Dizon was shot dead.

“The suspects, based on our witnesses’ affidavits, are Kapa members who are also media people themselves,” Andanar told reporters.

He said murder charges were filed at the City Prosecutor’s Office in Kidapawan City against the four suspects — Dante Tabosares alias Bong Encarnacion, Junnel Gerozaga, Jun Jacolbe and Lapi, who turned into a state witness.

The suspects were allegedly involved in the group’s money market scheme.

Lapi claimed in his affidavit that Tabosares was the mastermind and Gerozaga was the gunman. Jacolbe was allegedly the Tabosares’ aide.

Lapi was admitted as a state witness under the government’s Witness Protection Program.

“The efforts of the investigators are indeed commendable as their continuous investigation and monitoring enabled them to immediately secure vital witnesses who positively identified the perpetrators of the killing,” Andanar said.

Dizon, host of “Tira Brigada,” a public affairs program of Brigada News FM, was on his way home on July 10 when he was gunned down in Kidapawan City.

Dizon’s wife, Madonna, lauded the PTFoMS, led by Undersecretary Joel Egco, for solving the case.

“I am commending the effort of the leadership of Usec. Egco, after the death of my husband ay nagbigay na po siya ng positibong pananaw sa kaso ni (because he gave us a positive view on the case of) Ed. He has given us high confidence na maso-solve po ang problema (that this would be solved),” she said.

Madonna said she and her husband received death threats from Kapa members who also moonlight as radio reporters.

Egco said the task force would go after six other KAPA officials linked to the killing.

“The next phase now is to identity the six others. I’m calling on them right now, mag-isip na po kayo at mag isip-isip pa uli ng doble. Makikilala at makilala po namin kayo, kaya mauna na kayong lumapit sa amin (think hard. We will identify you so you better come out),” he said.

President Rodrigo Duterte earlier ordered authorities to arrest officials of the Kapa Ministry over allegations it was involved in an investment scam.

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