Wednesday, July 19, 2006

When will the killings end?

And another journalist in the country gets killed, and based on initial evidence , the motives behind his murder are work-related. With the rate journalists are getting killed in the Philippines, it won't be long before ordinary citizens have to cover the events themselves to know the news.

Radio commentator slain in Davao del Sur
Source: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

A hard-hitting broadcaster was gunned down by unidentified men past 1:30 p.m. Tuesday (18 July, Manila time) in Digos City, Davao del Sur, around 680 kilometers south of Manila.

Armando "Rachman" Pace, 51, a block timer for radio station dxDS, was waylaid by two men on a motorcycle along a local highway, two kilometers from the said radio station.

According to reports reaching Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Pace had just left the station after his daily one-hour block time program Ukadyang (12:30-1:30 pm) and was on his way to downtown Digos City when the men pulled beside the victim's own motorcycle. One of the men shot Pace several times using a .45 caliber pistol.

Pace was rushed to the nearest hospital, but succumbed minutes later due to fatal wounds he sustained in the neck and breast.

Ramon Sibya, dxDS station manager, said Pace started working for the said radio station only eight months ago.

Before working for dxDS, Pace was known as a hard-hitting commentator for several other local radio stations. The slain radio host, however, has since toned down his remarks since joining dxDS. In fact, his new program tackled developmental issues, such as certain government projects, Sibya added.

The police immediately formed a task force to look into the latest case of slain journalist, the fourth work-related casualty this year (seven overall, including the non-work related cases).

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