Radio Broadcaster Killed in Maguindanao

The body

of a radio blocktimer Eddie Jesus Apostol, who was reported missing last month,

was recovered from the Liguasan Marsh near the town of Sultan sa Barongis in

Maguindanao, Philippines on September 1.   

According

to the National Union of Journalists Philippines local Kidapawan Chapter,

military spokesman, Col. Prudencio Asto, had said that Apostol was found

hogtied and had been shot twice in the head.  Apostol’s motorcycle and a still unknown sum of money were missing,

although his press card was recovered from the area.

The motive

behind the killing is unclear. Radio dxNDProgramming Director Malu Manar said Apostol covered

local development issues on the  “Konseho

sa Kahanginan” program.  Rep. Angelo

Palmones of Agham Partylist sponsors the program.

Apostol

was last seen “treasure hunting” with an unidentified man on August 20 near the

border of Pikit, North Cotabaot and Datu Piang, Mindanao. 

“The

IFJ expresses deep concern over the continuing attacks on journalists in the

Philippines throughout 2012.” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

“We call on the authorities of the Philippines to act quickly to establish the

motive for the killing and bring the perpetrators to justice”.

 

The

Philippines is amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for media

workers. Over 160 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in the

Philippines since 1986.

 

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