Journalists Killed  |  Philippines

Romeo Olea


June 13, 2011, in Iriga City, Philippines


Olea, a radio commentator, was shot twice in the back while riding his motorcycle to work, according to news reports that quoted police sources.

Senior Police Superintendent Victor Deona told Agence France-Presse that the killing appeared to be work-related. Olea's wife, Raquel, said he had received recent death threats, AFP reported. She later told the Philippine Daily Inquirer that she had asked her husband to back away from the harsh commentaries featured on his daily show. "But he told me that if he stopped doing exposés, nobody else will do the job," she told the Inquirer.

Colleagues and supporters of Olea and Miguel Belen, a DWEB-FM broadcaster killed in July 2010, said the men had angered a political clan during the May 2010 local elections, the Philippine media reported. But Iriga City Mayor Madelaine Alfelor Gazmen warned reporters covering the killing not to rush to judgment about the motive or perpetrators. Although Olea had harshly criticized her administration, Gazmen condemned the shooting.

At Olea's burial, Camarines Sur Gov. Luis Raymund Villafuerte announced a 500,000 pesos (US$11,500) reward for anyone supplying information leading to the arrest of Olea's killers. Olea is survived by his wife and two children.

Medium: Radio

Job: Broadcast Reporter, Columnist / Commentator

Beats Covered: Corruption, Politics

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: Yes

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