A year of impunity in the murder of Edgar Amoro in Pagadian

first_img to go further No one has ever been arrested for the murder of journalist and teacher Edgar Amoro, which took place exactly one year ago today in Pagadian (on the southern island of Mindanao). Reporters Without Borders is outraged by this impunity, especially as the suspects move about openly in Pagadian. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Organisation Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago News On the first anniversary of journalist Edgar Amoro’s cowardly murder, Reporters Without Borders voiced outrage today at the flagrant impunity prevailing in his case, in which arrest warrants have been issued but the suspects have never been detained although they flaunt themselves in public in Pagadian (on the southern island of Mindanao).The press freedom organisation also reiterated its solidarity with Amoro’s family, which has been fighting for justice in the face of threats that have forced it to flee Pagadian.”We call on Gen. Arturo Lomibao, the national chief of police, to do everything possible to ensure that the suspects are arrested and that a proper investigation is carried out,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Gen. Lomibao’s declared desire to put a stop to violence against the press should be reflected in the immediate arrests of the perpetrators and instigators of Amoro’s murder.”A journalist and teacher, Amoro, 46, was gunned down outside a school in Pagadian on 2 February 2005 in a killing directly linked to the May 2002 murder of fellow journalist Edgar Damalerio.”By killing my husband, they eliminated a key witness in the Damalerio case and a courageous man who was continuing to denounce corruption and social injustice in Pagadian,” Elvira Amoro told Reporters Without Borders. “During his programme on radio DXKP five days before he died, he read out an open letter criticizing the absence of the rule of law in Pagadian,” she said.In its own investigation, Reporters Without Borders established that friends and police superiors of Guillermo Wapile, a policeman who was sentenced to life imprisonment in 2005 for Damalerio’s murder, were involved in the Amoro killing.The two killers were inside the school where Amoro taught English. They could only have entered with the complicity of the two guards posted at the entrance, who were employees of a security agency run by an associate of Pagadian’s former police chief, Asuri Hawani. Dozens of people witnessed the murder but none gave information to the investigators for fear of reprisals. Hawani associates are said to have directly threatened witnesses.Arrests warrants were issued for the two suspected killers, “Madix” Maulana and Norhan Ambol, but the police have never picked them up although they have been seen openly on the streets of Pagadian for several months, according to a local journalist.Meanwhile, the Pagadian police have identified and arrested a miliary intelligence agent who is a suspect in the murder of radio journalist Rolly Canete two weeks ago, on 20 January. The breakthrough in this recent case came just a few days after Gen. Lomibao, the national police chief, visited the city.At least five journalists have been killed in Pagadian in the past five years. “There has been no lasting improvement in security in the city, and those who had Damalerio and Amoro killed have been left in peace,” Reporters Without Borders was told by editor Hernan de la Cruz of the Zamboanga Scribe, a local newspaper. RSF_en PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped May 3, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Philippines Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa News June 1, 2021 Find out more Help by sharing this information News Receive email alerts February 2, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 A year of impunity in the murder of Edgar Amoro in Pagadian News February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

California’s Department of General Services names Direct Energy Business new natural gas provider for facilities across the state

first_imgDirect Energy Business will provide natural gas management and related services for the next three years starting in July 2020 The headquarters of the California Department of General Services. (Credit: Coolcaesar at en.wikipedia) Direct Energy Business announced a contract with the State of California’s Department of General Services (DGS) to provide 30 billion cubic feet of natural gas to more than 180 government institutions annually. Direct Energy Business was awarded the DGS 2020 Full Requirements North and South Contracts, which includes facilities throughout the state. Direct Energy Business will provide natural gas management and related services for the next three years starting in July 2020.“We look forward to using our expertise to help Californian government facilities manage their natural gas usage,” said John Schultz, President, Centrica North America and Direct Energy Business. “As one of the largest natural gas suppliers in the US, our team is well equipped to provide services to this wide group of facilities.”This contract was awarded to Direct Energy Business after an extensive RFP process by the Department of General Services.Direct Energy Business offers a suite of natural gas, electricity and renewable solutions for both small and large businesses to help increase efficiencies and give customers more control over their energy usage.“We are committed to serving our customers and delivering a cohesive energy management program that allows for more control over their energy usage,” said Ross Balassone, Account Executive, Direct Energy Business. Balassone specializes in government customers and will be the Department of General Services’ primary contact.“We are so pleased to be working with the Department of General Services on this landmark contract, both for our California business and the state,” said Hambir Chavan, California Sales Director for Direct Energy Business. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Bezos may step up charitable aid for climate and families

first_imgNEW YORK (AP) — Amazon founder Jeff Bezos’ decision to step down as the company’s CEO, in part to devote more energy toward his philanthropic work, shows the multi-billionaire’s growing interest in charitable work. Bezos, 57, gave $10 billion – the largest charitable donation of 2020, according to the Chronicle of Philanthropy – to establish the Bezos Earth Fund to fight climate change. He also supports the Bezos Day One Fund, which donated $105.9 million in 2020 to organizations providing food and shelter to young families in need. In October, the Day One Fund opened the first Bezos Academy, a Montessori-inspired preschool geared toward low-income families in Des Moines, Washington.last_img read more