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New task force probes media slays

A new presidential task force has been created to investigate cases of murders and other violence against journalists and bring the perpetrators to justice.

The task force, created through Administrative Order No. 1 signed by President Duterte, has also been authorized to provide protection for journalists in danger in line with its mandate of “ensuring a safe environment for media workers.”

“The President wants this administrative order because he cares for you. He believes in the freedom of the press,” Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar said in a Palace news conference. (Genalyn D. Kabiling)