New York, August 21, 2003—
The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns this week's murder of journalist Noel Villarante in Santa Cruz, a town in the Philippine's central Laguna Province.
At about 6:30 p.m. on August 19, an unidentified gunman shot Villarante as he was standing in front of his house, according to reports in Philippine and international press. After being shot, Villarante was able to run inside the house. As Villarante and his relatives left the house en route to the hospital, the gunman shot Villarante twice in the head, killing him instantly.