Friday, January 28, 2011

Another journalist shot in Philippines

Another journalist shot in Philippines 2011-01-27 10:24:53 FeedbackPrintRSS

MANILA, Jan. 27 (Xinhua) -- Another journalist was shot on Wednesday night in the Philippines, the second shooting on journalists in the country within a week.

The victim, Lemuel Fernandez, publisher and editor of the Western Visayas Daily Guardian, was attacked and wounded at around 9:30 p.m. by a lone assassin in front of their office in the city of Iloilo, Francis Allan Angelo, the newspaper's managing editor, told local radio stations Thursday.

Accordingly, the gunman, clad in white shirt and short pants, shot his target at the head from behind when he was about to board his vehicle.

The motive of the shooting is still unknown.

On Monday, Jerry Ortega, a commentator of the Radio Mindanao Network Palawan, suffered bullet wounds in the head and body after he was shot in Puerto Princesa City. The killing is said to be related with his scathing commentary on graft in the local government and mining projects development.

The suspect, identified as Marlon Dicamata, was arrested. The police recovered caliber. 45 pistol from the suspect.

Ortega was the 142nd journalist killed since 1986 when democracy was restored in the Philippine after Ferdinand Marcos was toppled.

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