Monday, July 31, 2006

Just when will the killings stop?

This coincided with the deaths of some activists also in the country. We live, indeed, in a working democracy.

Manila photojournalist slain
Source: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

A Metro Manila-based photojournalist was slain this morning, 31 July in Malabon City, just north of Manila.

Based on initial police reports, Dick Melendrez, a photojournalist working for Manila-based tabloid Tanod (Guardian), was murdered just before 9 a.m. in front of his house in a village in the said city.

According to a report by GMANews.TV, Melendrez was allegedly a cousin of photojournalist Albert Orsolino, who was similiarly shot dead during an ambush last 17 May.

Orsolino, who was also a former reporter covering the MalacaƱang (President Gloria Arroyo), worked for Saksi Ngayon (Witness Today). Police investigation showed that he was killed most likely, because of a personal grudge with a neighbor.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) is still looking into the circumstances behind Melendrez's slay.

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