Media task force backs OSG on Reyes release probe

ELUSIVE JUSTICE: The murdered Gerry Ortega

THE Office of the Solicitor General’s vow to investigate the reeking “stench” regarding a decision of the Court of Appeals (CA) to dismiss the Ortega murder case against ex-Palawan governor Joel Reyes has gotten yet another supporter.

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Thursday said it backs the OSG in getting to the bottom of the case dismissal.

PTFoMS executive director Usec. Joel Sy Egco said “the PTFoMS will do all within its powers and will perform all legal and appropriate actions and ask our media partners … for support in order to find out where the stench really came from with regard to the release of former Governor Reyes to the detriment of a slain journalist.”

Egco and other critics of the decision cited a  previous Supreme Court decision upholding the jurisdiction of the lower court in determining probable cause.

The CA justices who voted for the release of Reyes may be held administratively liable for going against the SC, said those opposed to the CA decision.

“It sets a bad precedent to cases of similar nature. It sends a chilling effect not only to the families of victims but even to us, to those at the frontline against the problem of media killings,” he said.