May 30, 2001, in Zamboanga City, Philippines
Cayona was an outspoken commentator who often criticized local politicians, the military, and Muslim separatist guerrillas. The journalist had recently received several death threats, including an on-air threat that was phoned in by Abu Sabaya, spokesman for the Islamic guerrilla group Abu Sayyaf. Although Cayona reported the threats to station officials, he was not escorted by a bodyguard on the morning of the attack.
Cayona is the second DXLL staffer to be murdered in recent years. In 1998, Rey Bancayrin, another outspoken commentator for the station, was actually killed on the air when two unidentified gunmen burst into the studio and shot him dead.
Job: Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered: Human Rights, Politics, War
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Political Group
Taken Captive: No