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Gunmen kill radio commentator

Gunmen kill radio commentator

Unidentified gunmen fatally shot a hard-hitting radio commentator in the southern Philippines Monday, police and the victim's colleagues said, in the fifth deadly attack on Philippine journalists this year.
At least two men wearing helmets and riding a motorcycle shot Ferdinand Lintuan of DXGO Radio at close range as his car slowed at an intersection in Davao City, said police Senior Inspector Ranulfo Cabanog. Lucio Ceniza, another DXGO anchorman, said he, Lintuan and another colleague had just left the radio station when the assailants shot Lintuan several times. He and the other colleague were unhurt, Ceniza said.
Cabanog said investigators have not determined a motive for the attack.
National Police Chief Avelino Razon said he ordered an investigation into the killing and a manhunt for the killers.
Lintuan, 51, had used his radio show to criticize several officials and recently attacked the city government for alleged corruption in the development of a park, his colleagues said.
"The government will not allow this criminal act to go unpunished," said Presidential Peace Adviser Jesus Dureza, a longtime politician from Davao.
The Manila-based National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said at least 54 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 2001.


Updated : 2021-05-11 08:00 GMT+08:00