Ecuadorian President Confirms Death of Reporters, Assures Action

  • President of Ecuador Lenín Moreno has confirmed reports that the disbanded Colombian FARC rebel group’s dissident faction has killed 2 journalists along with their driver (working for Ecuador’s El Comercio newspaper) after abduction. The three slain persons are Javier Ortega (reporter), Paul Rivas (photographer), and Efraín Segarra (driver). While President Moreno called for not getting intimidated by such rebel actions, he promised resumption of military operations on the border. Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos had earlier promised that Colombia’s armed forces will support Ecuador in all possible ways. Moreno announced reward for information on the rebel leaders.