Radio commentator shot dead in Philippines

The Philippines was the deadliest country for journalists in the world in 2009.

Radio commentator shot dead in Philippines

A radio commentator was shot dead in the Philippines late on Monday while sitting as a judge in a local singing contest, becoming the third journalist murdered in the country this year, police said on Tuesday.

Desiderio Camangyan, 52, a public affairs radio anchor in Mati, about 1,000 kilometres southeast of Manila, was shot twice from behind by a lone gunman, whose motive was not immediately clear, Querubin Manalang, a spokesman for the regional police office in Davao told reporters.

The Philippines was the deadliest country for journalists in the world in 2009, accounting for 37 of 132 journalists and support staff that were killed or died while working around the world, the International News Safety Institute (INSI) said.

"We're still investigating the motive for the killing, whether it was work-related," Manalang said, adding the radio commentator was known for his tirades against local politicians during last month's elections.

"We're asking his family, friends and colleagues if he received death threats before he was gunned down," Manalang said.

Camangyan is the third radio commentator in the southern island of Mindanao to be killed this year. Three others had survived assassination attempts in the northern Luzon island.

The deaths last year included at least 30 killed in a politically motivated massacre of 57 people in southern Maguindanao province in what was the country's worst election-related crime.



Reuters

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