A motorcycle-riding gunman shot radio commentator Padrigao outside
CPJ is investigating the union’s report that Padrigao had received recent death threats in connection with his radio program “Sayre ang Katilingban” (Know the Society) on DXRS, a local affiliate of Radyo Natin. The commentator had criticized corruption and illegal logging in his broadcasts, news reports said. Police told journalists they were still investigating the motive for the murder.
Padrigao leased airtime under a practice known as block-timing, in which commentators also solicit their own advertisers. A number of block-time broadcasters have been killed in recent years.