President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte said on Thursday night that an investigation of the 2003 murder of journalist Juan “Jun” Pala is a ‘useless exercise’ and a waste of time even though he earlier admitted that he knows who the suspect is.
Jun Pala, who was accompanied by his brother and cousin-bodyguard, was shot while he was on his way home at the Empress Subdivision in Davao City. Pala received nine (9) gunshot wounds in the head and chest, as acknowledged by the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.
Duterte alleged that Pala was a journalist who engaged in corruption while he exercised his profession as a hard-hitting, name-dropping radio broadcaster.
“Pala was a criminal through and through. Extortion lahat, may rape pa ang gago. Eventually mamamatay din talaga yan. However, you defend him in thy name journalism,” Duterte said.
(Pala was a criminal through and through. That stupid man is engaged in extortion, even rape. Eventually, he will really die. However, you defend him in thy name journalism.)
“I have the suspect, umiyak ung tao (sa harap namin), there were four of us on the table that night. Nakita naming iyak nang iyak. What can iyak do to connect him (to the murder)?” Duterte said.
(I have the suspect. S/he was crying in front of us. There were four of us on the table that night. We saw him/her crying. What can crying do to connect him to the murder?)
“Useless exercise,” he added.
Jun Pala was a former ally of Duterte. He was a councilor of Davao City back in 1998. Eventually, his friendship with Duterte turned sour. Pala was also the host of “Isumbong mo kay Pala”, a radio show over dxGO radio station. He is known for criticizing various politicians, including Duterte. Three attempts on his life were made. It was earlier reported that Duterte was one of those who attempted to kill him, but the latter said that if he was the one who did it, Pala would have been dead already.