MANILA — Senator Pro Tempore Ralph Recto is offering P100,000 to reward a pool that he wants the government to create in order to ensure the immediate capture of the people behind the killing of former journalist, Mei Magsino.
“I strongly condemn the murder of Mei Magsino who gave Batangueños an image of what a crusading and courageous journalist should be,” Recto said in a statement on Wednesday.
“As a member of the press, Mei practiced her craft with guts and grit, her prose and insight as sharp as balisong, which she used to peel the falsehoods which hid the truth, and prick the conscience of the people and the ego of the powerful,” he said.
Magsino, who was killed in Batangas City in Monday, was a correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer for six years.
“She died with her boots on, comforting the afflicted and afflicting the comfortable to the end, and it was her desire to search for and speak out the truth which led her enemies to cowardly censor her forever,” the senator said.
Though she left the Inquirer in 2005 and she was not affiliated with a media organization when she died, Recto said, it did not prevent her from continuously reporting the truth.
“Dapat managot at maparusahan ang sinumang nasa likod ng krimeng ito. Hindi na ito dapat mapabilang sa mga kaso ng mamamahayag na namatay sa ngalan ng katotohanan at hindi nabigyan ng katarungan,” he said.
(The ones responsible for this crime should be brought to justice. This case should not be included on the list of crimes committed against journalists who died seeking the truth but failed to get justice)