Thursday, May 21, 2009

Another broadcaster shot in southern Philippines

ZAMBOANGA CITY, Philippines (Mindanao Examiner / May 21, 2009) – Two unidentified gunmen shot and wounded a radio disc jockey in an attack in the southern Filipino province of Zamboanga Sibugay, local television reports said.

ABS-CBN reported that Harrison Manalac was shot late Wednesday in the town of Buug.

Manalac was on a motorcycle when he was attacked near his radio dXXE at around 7.30 p.m.
The assailants escaped on a motorcycle after the shooting. The motive of the attack was unknown.

Last March, another broadcaster, Nilo Labares, was also shot and wounded in Cagayan de Oro City also in the southern Philippines.

Labares is working with the Radio Mindanao Network and known for his hard-hitting comments on illegal activities in Cagayan de Oro.

Police early this month arrested a suspect in the murder of a newspaper publisher in the Philippines after four years into hiding.

Nilo Morete was arrested in Mabalacat town in Pampanga province. He was implicated in the murder of Philip Agustin, publisher and editor of Starline Times Recorder, in 2005.

Police are still hunting down his alleged accomplice Manuel Alday. A town mayor was also linked to the killing of the journalist.

The Philippines has been tagged as one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. Dozens of journalists have been killed since 2001 in the country under President Gloria Arroyo’s watch, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines. (Mindanao Examiner)

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