Originally published on the CMFR website on 13 June 2018.
CMFR/PHILIPPINES – The publisher of a weekly local newspaper was shot dead on 07 June 2018 by unidentified assailants in Panabo City, Davao del Norte. Davao del Norte is 1,470 km south of Manila.
Dennis Denora, publisher of Trends and Time and a resident of Brgy. New Pandan in this city, was ambushed along the Panabo National Highway at around 1 p.m. He was shot several times in the head while his driver, Mayonito Revira, was wounded in the hand. Denora died on the spot while Revira, who managed to drive away for a few hundred meters, was taken to the hospital for treatment.
In a text message to the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), Police Senior Superintendent Alan Manibog, Director of Davao del Norte Police Provincial Office, said three bullet casings, as well as a magazine for a caliber .45 pistol, were recovered from the crime scene. Manibog said the suspects fled on foot.
In a statement, the PTFoMS said it has directed the Philippine National Police (PNP)-Task Force Usig to investigate the incident. As of June 9, Manibog said a Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) had conducted a case conference and turned over the cellphones of Denora and Revira to the PNP Anti-Cybercrime Group for forensic examination. Manibog added that the police have begun reviewing closed-circuit television (CCTV) footage of establishments near the crime scene.
Denora was a member of the Davao Region Multimedia Group. He was also a former contributor to Sunstar Davao. The Davao del Norte Press & Radio-TV Club (DNPRC) said Denora had an opinion column in his newspaper and hosted a radio program.
Denora was not the first Davao-based journalist to be killed. Prior to his killing, CMFR had recorded 15 work-related cases in the Davao region since 1986. He is the first Davao-based journalist, and the tenth to be killed under the Duterte administration.