Bonifacio Gregorio

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Reports   |   Philippines

Philippines: The Toll

Here are the Philippine journalists killed in connection with their work since 2000, as documented by the Committee to Protect Journalists.

Attacks on the Press   |   Iraq, Philippines

Attacks on the Press 2003: The Philippines

The overwhelming issue facing the Philippine press in 2003 was the increasing number of journalists murdered with impunity. In the last year alone, at least five journalists were slain in the course of their work--a toll surpassed only by war-related killings of journalists in Iraq. But in the Philippines, this violence is not a temporary aberration; it has become the normal state of affairs, year after year. While the Philippine media have been among the freest in the developing world since democracy was restored in 1986, more than 40 journalists there have been slain. No one has been convicted in any of the killings.

Alerts   |   Iraq

36 JOURNALISTS KILLED FOR THEIR WORK IN 2003More than a third killed during conflict in Iraq

New York, January 2, 2004—A total of 36 journalists were killed worldwide as a direct result of their work in 2003, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). This is a sharp increase from 2002, when 19 journalists were killed. The war in Iraq was the primary reason for the increase, as 13 journalists, more than a third of this year's casualties, were killed in hostile actions.

In fact, according to CPJ's statistics, the death toll in Iraq was the highest annual total from a single country since 24 journalists were killed in Algeria in 1995 at the height of civil strife between the government and Islamist militants.

Alerts   |   Philippines

Journalist shot dead outside his house

New York, August 21, 2003—The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns this week's murder of journalist Noel Villarante in Santa Cruz, a town in the Philippine's central Laguna Province.

At about 6:30 p.m. on August 19, an unidentified gunman shot Villarante as he was standing in front of his house, according to reports in Philippine and international press. After being shot, Villarante was able to run inside the house. As Villarante and his relatives left the house en route to the hospital, the gunman shot Villarante twice in the head, killing him instantly.
August 21, 2003 12:00 PM ET


Letters   |   Philippines

CPJ calls on government to investigate journalist's murder

Your Excellency: The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) condemns the recent murder of Bonifacio Gregorio, a reporter and columnist for the weekly Dyaryo Banat, in La Paz, Tarlac Province. On the evening of July 8, an unidentified gunman approached Gregorio while he was talking to a colleague on a cell phone in front of his house and shot him in the head three times at close range. According to news reports, the gunman was likely a professional killer who fled the scene on foot. Gregorio was rushed to La Paz District Hospital, before being transferred to Ramos General Hospital, where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

July 30, 2003 12:00 PM ET


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