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

a journalist in San Pablo City, Laguna Province, approximately 30 km south of

Manila, in the Philippines, on April 24, 2012.



Calanasan, 36, a columnist for local daily newspaper The Laguna Courier, was shot and killed by two gunmen riding tandem

on a motorcycle at approximately 7am in San Pablo City’s Santa Monica suburb. Calanasan

also worked as a city traffic enforcer.


and his wife, who witnessed the shooting, were reportedly on their way to San

Pablo City Hall when the journalist was shot in the face. His wife was not hurt

in the attack.

According to the Managing Editor

of the Laguna Courier, Calanasan

began working at the newspaper in 2011.  Calanasan’s mother is a former Editor-in-Chief of the paper.


The suspected gunmen are yet to be

identified, but the police have offered a reward for any information that leads

to arrests of the suspects.



motives behind the murder remain unclear. Reports note that Calanasan's column

focused on local issues and some suggest that the shooting may have been in

connection with Calanasan’s work as a traffic officer, rather than his work as

a journalist.


Unidentified assailants on motorbikes have become common perpetrators of

attacks on journalists and other media personnel in

the Philippines.


 “The IFJ calls on the authorities of the

Philippines to act quickly to establish the motive for the killing” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“The IFJ again expresses its deep concern

regarding the continuing attacks on journalists in the Philippines that have

taken place throughout 2012.”



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