November 11, 2020
Good day ladies and gentlemen!
First of all, I would like to express my deepest sympathy to the bereaved family of the late Virgilio Maganes. May the comfort of our God be with you and may you be consoled by the outpouring support of our fellowmen!
Virgilio “Vir” Maganes represents a part of a shunned society where his works deeply contributed to the call of public service. His murder is indeed a loss in the media community and the entire country.
The leadership of Police Regional Office 1 and the whole PNP as well, condemned in the strongest manner the killing of Mr. Virgilio “Vir” Maganes, a columnist of Northern Watch Newspaper and our partner in information advocacy.
We ensure that the PNP will seek the truth and will pursue the case no matter who gets caught and who gets hurt. Rest assured that those responsible for this murder should be urgently found and brought to justice.
The Special Investigation Task Group Maganes (SITG Maganes) was immediately activated to lead the investigation and facilitate the speedy resolution of the case. As of now, we already have investigative leads and persons of interest were identified through CCTV footage near the crime scene. Hopefully, the witnesses to this senseless killing will volunteer information that will lead to the arrest of the killers of Vir.
As the Regional Director of Ilocos Region police, it is my distinct desire to bring the perpetrators to justice. I therefore encourage the Filipino community, especially our friends from the media, to remain vigilant and help us in the speedy resolution of the case. Kindly report any information relevant to the case through our hotline numbers:
Again, the speedy resolution of this case is under our priority. We will not stop until justice is served.
Thank you very much!