Journalists Killed  |  Philippines

Eldy Sablas (aka Eldy Gabinales)


October 19, 2004, in Tandag , Philippines

An unidentified assailant shot Sablas three times from behind at about 10 a.m. as the radio commentator rode a three-wheeled motorcycle away from a supermarket in Surigao del Sur Province on the southern island of Mindanao. Local journalists noted that Sablas, who hosted "Singgit sa mga Lungsuranon" (Cry of the People) on Radio DXJR-FM, was a strident critic of the drug trade and illegal gambling. Regional Police Chief Rene Elumbaring told The Associated Press that police were investigating the murder, which occurred in the town of Tandag, 510 miles (820 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Manila.

Local sources told CPJ that Sablas was likely killed in retaliation for his hard-hitting commentary about illegal gambling.

Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter

Beats Covered: Crime

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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