One of two men riding a motorcycle fired once at Harrison Manalac at about 7:45 p.m. Wednesday, according to local news reports. Manalac was riding his own motorcycle home from his workplace at DXXE Radio in Buug town, Zamboanga Sibugay province, according to the reports. A local hospital was treating Manalac for a gunshot wound to the back, the reports said.
Police Chief Federico Castro told local journalists that police were seeking a motive for the attack. He said Manalac had written outspoken commentaries on local political and community issues, but did he not say whether the shooting was related to those pieces, according to the Philippine Daily Inquirer.
Manalac is the fourth radio journalist to be shot on
Ricardo R. Blancaflor, head of the federal government's Task Force 211, which investigates extrajudicial killings, told CPJ in a May 1 letter that his group was committed to curbing media slayings. Blancaflor told CPJ Task Force 211 was "vigorous" in its efforts to monitor media killings, and assist the "investigation, prosecution, and immediate resolution of media killings," including witness protection.
"Five journalist shootings in as many months is a deeply
concerning trend," said Robert Mahoney, CPJ deputy director. "We welcome Ricardo
Blancaflor's stated commitment to prosecuting the perpetrators and ask that
Task Force 211 seek immediate resolution to these attacks, particularly where
they are occurring with such frequency in the southern
Labares, head reporter at DXCC Radio Mindanao Network, survived emergency
surgery following a March attack by two motorcycle-riding gunmen near
Two gunmen on motorcycles shot and killed Badrodin
Abbas in January. Two men in masks also fatally shot radio broadcaster
Rollin in Misamis Occidental province, northern