New York, August 7, 2008—Motorcycle-riding gunmen killed radio commentator Martin Roxas today in the second brutal shooting of a broadcaster in the Philippines this week, according to local and international news reports.
Two men shot Roxas in the back as he drove his motorcycle from DYVR station in Roxas City, on the country’s central Panay island, where he worked as a program director and had just concluded his midday show, according to news reports. Police said Roxas died soon afterward at a local hospital from a gunshot wound to his spine, the reports said. Roxas covered political issues in his show and police are investigating his recent coverage. Agence France-Presse quoted a manager at the station’s parent network as saying that Roxas had reported recently on a dispute between two local politicians, but did not elaborate.
New York, August 5, 2008—Gunmen shot and critically wounded radio journalist Dennis Cuesta in the southern Philippines late Monday, according to news reports. Police told international reporters the shooting may be related to Cuesta's aggressive broadcasts on crime and social issues.
Two gunmen traveling by motorcycle fired several shots at Cuesta, a program director and anchor of DXMD, part of the Radio Mindanao Network, on a public street in General Santos City before fleeing the scene, according to news reports citing police. Cuesta sustained multiple injuries, including a gunshot wound to the head, and remained in critical condition in a local hospital, the reports said. A companion was unhurt, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur. The Associated Press quoted an official saying there were three gunmen.
New York, April 8, 2008—The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern over the murder of a journalist in Pasig city in the metropolitan region of the Philippine capital of Manila yesterday. CPJ is investigating to determine whether the killing has any connection to his reporting.
Benefredo Acabal, 34, was shot several times at close range by an unidentified gunman who fled the scene on a motorcycle, according to local and international news reports. Acabal, who publishes and writes a column for local paper The Filipino Newsmen in Cavite province, south of Manila, died from five gunshot wounds while en route to the hospital, the reports said.