The Vigos, both former journalists and co-founders of the Federation of Reporters for Empowerment and Equality (FREE), did part-time media work prior to their killing.
They left behind four children, three sons aged 13, 9 and 7, and an adopted daughter, aged 20.
North Cotabato Governor Emmanuel Pinol in a four-paragraph statement sent to MindaNews, said the killings “are now being investigated by the PNP (Philippine National Police).”
Pinol said directed provincial police chief Federico Dulay “to give an initial report ASAP.”
“I extend my condolences to the Vigo family… Justice will be served,” he said.
Pinol, a distant relative of Macel (Maricel's nickname), graduated alongside Macel last April from the University of Southern Mindanao in Kabacan, under the Expanded Tertiary Education Equivalency Accreditation Program.”
Initial investigation of the Kidapawan City police showed the motorcycle-riding gunmen followed the motorcycle-riding couple who was cruising towards Apo Sandawa Homes Phase 2. The Vigos were fired upon along Phase 1, in front of the residence of provincial board member Rey Pagal.
Relatives of the Vigos said they were not aware the couple had enemies as they had been “roaming freely, not only around the city but in other areas of the province and in Mindanao because of their job.”
They also said the NGOs the couple had been working with since 2000 are not connected with progressive groups in the province.
George hosted “Tingog sa Kabatan-unan” (Voice of the Youth), a program of the CFSI aired over DXND-AM of the Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation every Monday noon while Mazel hosted every Sunday noon, “Kalihukan sa Kongreso (Congress Affairs), a program of Rep. Talinio also aired over DXND-AM.(Malu Cadelina-Manar/MindaNews)