IFJ Condemns Attack on Radio Broadcaster in Philippines



International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in calling for an immediate investigation into

the shooting attack on radio broadcaster Fernando “Kapid” Gabio, in Iloilo City in

the Southern Philippines on the morning of

March 3.


Gabio, 62,

was shot by two unidentified men on a motorcycle in front of his house in

Barangay Democracia, Jaro District, Iloilo

City around 7am. He sustained

a bullet wound in the right thigh. Gabio said he was cleaning his car when the

men shot him. He tried to pull out his gun to retaliate, but the assailants

sped away. Gabio was rushed to the Iloilo

Mission Hospital

for treatment.


Gabio was

the co-host of slain broadcaster Niel “Lito” Jimena at radio station dyRI,

under the

Radio Mindanao Network.


According to

Nestor Burgos, NUJP chair and Visayas correspondent of the Philippine Daily

Inquirer, Gabio has been “hosting block-time radio programs especially

during election periods attacking or defending politicians.” 


A block time

is a paid time slot in radio stations whose hosts are usually employed by the

buyer of the time slot.


Senior Supt.

Marietto Valerio, Iloilo City police director, said investigators have yet to

determine the possible motive behind the attack, although they are looking into

the possible links between this and the killing of his co-host.


“The IFJ is deeply concerned that 2012 has seen a continuation of the attacks

on media professionals that we saw in the Philippines in 2011,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“We call upon President Benigno Aquino III to honour his pre-election

commitment to defend press freedom in the Philippines, by seeing that all attacks

on media workers are investigated and the perpetrators held accountable for

their crimes.”


About six

months ago, onAugust

22, 2011, Jimena was killed in E.B. Magalona town in Negros

Occidental. Jimena’s case remains unsolved but the Negros Occidental police

earlier said his killing could be related to his work as a broadcaster and as

former informant of the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency and the police

intelligence unit in Iloilo.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +61 2 9333 0950 


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