The International Federation of
Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of
Philippines (NUJP), in expressing deep concern at shootings by unidentified
gunmen at a radio station in Roxas City, in the Capiz Province of the
Philippines, on the evening of September 14.
NUJP Roxas City Chapter chairman John Heredia reportedly stated that two
men on a single motorcycle fired at the dyOW-Bombo Radyo Roxas
City broadcast centre on Arnaldo Boulevard around 9:30pm local time.
Bombo Radyo area manager for Visayas, Warren French, told the
NUJP that a number of deskmen, technical staff and a security guard were
present at the time of the incident, but no one was injured.
According to a post on the station’s Facebook page, a security guard in
the nearby Paraiso KTV Bar witnessed the motorcycle and its two riders
stopping in front of the station. The rear rider withdrew a gun and fired
repeatedly at the building. Another witness, using the alias
“Daday”, said she saw the two men ride towards the city’s main area immediately
after the shooting.
Roxas City Police recovered 11 empty shells of a 9mm pistol and
a slug from a gun of unknown calibre. Authorities also discovered bullet marks on
steps leading to the building’s entrance. Police have been deployed to the radio
station, Mr French said.
French said that while the motive behind the shooting has yet to
be established, the station had been discussing issues such as the killing of an
official and the reprimand of Capiz Provincial Jail officials, by the
Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency, over their reported special treatment of a
prisoner arrested over drugs.
A report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer newspaperon September 17 quoted
Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Police Regional Office 6 Director, as saying
the police incident report came 12 hours after the shooting occurred. Cruz
told the Inquirer he ordered the
Roxas City Police chief Salvador Dagoon and Capiz Provincial Police
Director Domingo Cabillan to explain the 12-hour delay. Cruz said he has
also instructed the deployment of an extra 30 police officers in the city.
by unidentified assailants on motorbikes have become a common
method of attacking journalists and other media personnel in the
Bombo Radyo reporters and anchors have been murdered in the Visayas since 1985.
“The IFJ again expresses its deep concern
regarding this continuing pattern of escalating violence and attacks against
the media in the Philippines throughout 2012,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director
Jacqueline Park said.
call on the authorities of the Philippines to immediately investigate the
shootings and bring to justice those responsible.”
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