May 23, 2000, in Sasmuan, Philippines
Rodriguez was covering a tour of village development projects with Sasmuan mayor Catalina Bagasina and Jojo Osorio Ejercito, son of Philippine president Joseph Ejercito Estrada. The attack occurred on the Malusac River, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of Manila.
The Rebolusyonaryong Hukbong Bayan (RHB), a breakaway faction of the leftist rebel New People's Army, claimed responsibility for the attack in an interview with a CPJ source. An RHB spokesman apologized for Rodriguez's death and said local police were the intended target.
Job: Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered: Human Rights, Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Dangerous Assignment
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
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