Ponciano Grande

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Two unidentified gunmen killed Grande, 53, a former newspaper columnist and occasional co-host of a radio variety show, at his farm in Cabantuan City, central Luzon. The assailants shot Grande five times and chased his wife, Annie Luwag-Grande, but did not harm her, according to the online news site INQ7 and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.

Grande, former director of the Nueva Ecija Press Club, wrote columns for the local weeklies The Recorder and Nueva Ecija Times until 2002, and had recently co-hosted a radio program with his wife on radio station DWJJ.

Grande had retired from writing columns in order to manage the family farm, INQ7 reported. Police were investigating the motive for the attack, according to Deutsche Presse-Agentur.