Philippines Radio Commentator Murdered

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) joins its affiliate,

the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

(NUJP), in condemning the murder of

radio commentator Crispin Perez on June 9.


According to the NUJP, Perez

was returning home around 9am after broadcasting his morning show on dwDO in

western Occidental Mindoro when he was attacked.


Witnesses said Perez was talking to an unidentified man in front of his

house in Barangay 7, San Jose,

when the man stabbed him and shot him with a .45 caliber gun before fleeing on

a motorcycle, police reports said.


Perez was declared dead on arrival at hospital.


The NUJP reports that while

Perez also held professional positions as a lawyer and former vice-governor of

Occidental Mindoro, it was likely that his work as a radio broadcaster was the

motive for the attack.


“Journalists face enormous challenges in reporting freely and defending media

freedom in the Philippines,

where the murders of media personnel are met with apathy from authorities and

the Government,” IFJ Asia-Pacific

Director Jacqueline Park said.


“Perez’s murder fits the horrific pattern of systematic attacks on

journalists in the Philippines.”


The IFJ joins the NUJP in

welcoming news that police reports on Perez’s murder have been filed, and urges

the authorities to conduct an immediate and investigation to ensure the

perpetrators will be brought to justice.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919



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