Julius Cauzo

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A gunman on a motorcycle shot Cauzo, who was also on a motorcycle, at around 8.30 a.m. in the northern Philippine city of Cabanatuan, according to local and international news reports. The journalist died at a nearby hospital, the reports said.

Cauzo was a host and commentator for local radio station DWJJ. He was also the executive vice-president of the Nueva Ecija Press Club, and was known for criticizing local politicians, news reports said. A colleague said that he had received unspecified death threats before he was killed, according to local newspaper The Philippine Star.

Four days after his death, police announced that the reward had doubled for information leading to the arrest of his killers. News accounts also reported that police had said they had not made any arrests and were not able to determine if the murder was work-related. Cauzo's wife told local journalists that politics could have been a motive in his murder.

Two other members of the Nueva Ecija Press Club were killed in unclear circumstances in 2006 and 2007. No arrests have been made in those cases.

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