A government task force of media protection officially declared the killing of Kidapawan City broadcast journalist Eduardo “Ed” Dizon (pictured) in July last year as “work-related” (File photo)

The North Cotabato Police Office has launched a large-scale  manhunt against the alleged mastermind in the murder of Kidapawan City broadcast journalist Eduardo “Ed” Dizon in July last year.

Judge Henelinda Molina-Diaz of the Kidapawan Regional Trial Court (RTC) Branch 61 issued a warrant against Dante Encarnacion Tabosares alias Bong Encarnacion, spokesperson of the controversioal religious group “Kabus Padatuon” (KAPA) ministry for Kidapawan City

Col. Maximo Layugan, North Cotabato police provincial director, ordered all police units in the province to locate and arrest Tabosares. He added that he had asked the assistance of other police units of Region-12 to help apprehend the suspects.

Earlier, two state witnesses confessed being with Tabosares, who is the Kapa media coordinator for North Cotabato; Sotelo Jacolbe, Jr., Tabusares’ right hand man; and Junell Herosaga, the gunman, in the meeting to plan the killing of Dizon,

All were charged for the murder of Dizon.

Jacolbe immediately posted bail after learning of the arrest warrant.

Dizon was driving his car on his way home from his nightly program at Brigada News FM-Kidapawan when two gunmen on a motorbike open fired and killed him.

Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) executive director Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco earlier officially declared the murder of Kidapawan anchorman Joel Dizon as “was related to his work as a mediaman.”

Asked if Dizon’s hitting commentaries about investment scams proliferating in the city had something to do with the murder, Sy Egco said “[that is] one of the strong angles we’re looking at.”  (Rommel F. Lopez)