Another Philippines Journalist Killed

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate

the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

(NUJP) in condemning the killing of

another journalist in

the Philippines, on May 8.

 

Nestor

Libaton, and a news reporter for Roman Catholic church-owned radio station DXHM,

was shot and killed by gunmen at approximately 2 pm on May 8 in Mati City,

Davao del Sur, in the southern Philippines.

 

Libaton

was shot while riding a motorcycle on a local highway by gunmen also on a

motorcycle, according to regional police commander Chief Superintendent Jaime

Morante. Libaton was shot seven times.

 

According to

reports from the NUJP, the suspected gunmen are yet to be identified, and police

are yet to establish the motive behind the attack.

 

“The IFJ

joins the NUJP in calling on authorities to see that the investigation into the

murder is effective and quickly establishes a motive for the attack,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.

 

Nestor

Burgos, chairman of the NUJP, said that Libaton's colleagues said he may have

been killed because of his work, although details were not immediately

available.

 

Libaton

was married with four children.

 

Libaton

is the fourth media person killed within the last 30 days. Aldion

Layao, was killed in Davao City, on April 8,  Michael Calanasan was killed in Laguna on

April 24 and Rommel

Palma was killed in Koronadal City on April 30.

 

The Philippines

is amongst the most dangerous countries in the world for media workers. Over

150 journalists have been killed in the line of duty in the Philippines since

1986.

 

Assailants

on motorbikes have become common perpetrators of attacks on media workers in the Philippines.

 

For

further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0950

 

The IFJ

represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries

 

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