Broadcaster’s murder still unsolved

New York, March 27, 2001 — CPJ is investigating the January murder of Roland Ureta, program director of the radio station dyKR, an affiliate of the Radio Mindanao Network.

Ureta was gunned down on the night of January 3, when two motorcycle-riding men waylaid him en route from Kalibo, the capital of Aklan Province, to the town of Lezo.

Police estimated that Ureta was killed within an hour of leaving the radio station, where he had just hosted “Agong Nightwatch,” his evening radio program.

Augusto Tolentino, dyKR’s station manager, told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that Ureta may have been murdered as a result of his radio commentaries, which included pieces about local government corruption and police involvement in the drug trade.