Radio Journalist Shot in the Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands

the immediate arrest of a gunman who shot radio commentator Pablo Casañada in Quezon City in the Philippines on July 5.

 

Casañada, who

works as a commentator for dzLT-AM radio station in Sariaya Town

under the name Bill Tesalona, was

shot once while at his home with friends about 5.45pm. He suffered minor

injuries to his face and chest, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reports.

 

The suspected gunman was reportedly chased and caught by Casañada’s

friends.

 

Sariaya police chief Superintendent Danilo Morzo told the NUJP, an

IFJ affiliate, that initial inquiries

indicated the attack was not related to Tesalona’s work as a journalist.

 

Tesalona reportedly said he did not know the suspect, whose name is known to police, and did not know why he would be a target.

 

The IFJ joins the NUJP

in calling on the Philippines

authorities to ensure that the attacker is arrested and charged to prevent

repeat attacks on other journalists and citizens.

 

For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

 

The IFJ

represents over 600,000 journalists in

120 countries worldwide