FEBRUARY 28, 2005
Posted: March 28, 2005

Arnulfo Villanueva, Asian Star Express Balita


Villanueva, 43, a columnist for the community newspaper, was found shot dead on a road in the town of Naic, Cavite Province, just south of Manila. A local village official found his body on the night of February 28, according to the Manila-based Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR).

Villanueva had criticized local officials in connection with illegal gambling, according to CMFR, but police have not yet determined a motive. The Committee to Protect Journalists is investigating whether the killing was tied to his journalistic work.