The International Federation of
Journalists urges immediate police investigation into the motive behind the
fatal shooting of radio broadcaster Jonathan Fetalvero in Agusan del Sur province
in the Philippines’ troubled
island of Mindanao.
According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an
IFJ affiliate, Fetalvero, 43, was
shot in the head by a gunman at a restaurant at around 7:30pm in the town of
Bayugan in Agusan del Sur. Witnesses told police the gunman, who was reportedly wearing a ski-mask, fled on a motorbike.
News reports stated that the
murder occurred on June 27. However,
police reports claim it happened on June 25,
the NUJP said.
At the time of his murder,
Fetalvero hosted a morning radio program “Balita at Komentaryo” at the local
dxFM Frenster Radio station. He was known for his hard-hitting commentaries
about corruption within the community,
news reports said.
Fetalvero is also reportedly a barangay (village) councillor
and has connections to Vice Mayor Genesis Efren,
who owns Frenster Radio.
No suspect has been arrested and the motive for the attack
“While a direct connection between Fetalvero’s murder and
his work as a journalist has not yet been verified,
there is no doubt that this type of attack is consistent with the horrific
pattern of antagonism against radio broadcasters in the Philippines,” IFJ Asia-Pacific
Director Jacqueline Park said.
“Inaction by Gloria Arroyo-Macapagal’s government on this and all murders of journalists in the
Philippines sends a message to the perpetrators that dissatisfaction about news
coverage and commentary can be solved by a bullet without retribution.”
The IFJ and the NUJP
call on the Philippines
police to launch a thorough investigation into Fetalvero’s murder and ensure
that the killer is brought to justice immediately.
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