Pangasinan publisher survives murder attempt


Media Release: Philippines

July 4, 2013         



A publisher of a local newspaper in Pagasinan was injured after three

unidentified men shot him Tuesday (July 2) morning.


The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliates

from the Philippines such as National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

in strongly condemning the actions of those responsible.


Pangasinan Provincial Police said Northern

Star Publisher Jaime Aquino was reading a newspaper at a waiting shed in

Barangay (village) Menien West, Santa Barbara town.


The publisher was on his way to Dagupan City and decided to do a

stopover at the said village when the incident occurred.


At approximately 7:00am, one of the three gunmen opened fire. Aquino ran

toward his car, parked near the waiting shed to get his gun but another gunman

shot him in the back.


He was immediately rushed to Villaflor Hospital in Dagupan City for



Authorities said they have yet to identify if the motive behind Aquino’s

killing is work-related, although two of the alleged gunmen, William Garcia and

Jerry Aquino, were arrested Tuesday afternoon.


Aquino was reportedly accused, along with Pangasinan Gov. Amado Espino

Jr. and Rep. Jesus Celeste, in the killing of Infanta town Mayor Ruperto

Martinez in December 2012.


A colleague who works as a correspondent in the province told NUJP he is

also facing libel charges for articles he previously wrote.





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