Radio broadcaster killed in Digos ambush

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Friday, May 23, 2014

(Updated) A BROADCASTER was shot dead by two unidentified men around 7:30 a.m. Friday along Del Pilar Street, Digos City, Davao del Sur.

Initial report released by Regional Police Chief Supt. Wency Pascual identified the victim as Samuel Bravo Oliverio, 57, and a Radio Ukay announcer.

Oliverio was on his way home from the public market with his wife when he was slain by two motorcycle-riding men. He sustained a gunshot wound in his head that caused his instant death.

Oliverio used to anchor a block time program at Radio Ukay and Supreme Radio but had gone on leave since suffering a stroke in February.

Radyo Ukay station manager Ramon Sibya said Oliverio was a city paid blocktimer airing government programs over Radyo Ukay and few other radio stations in Digos City.

Sibya said Oliverio was recently inactive in the radio broadcast due to health reasons.

"Colleagues in Digos said Oliverio used to deliver scathing commentaries on local politics and against the proliferation of illegal gambling and illegal drugs in the city," the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said.

Pascual has ordered policemen to conduct checkpoints in municipalities to intercept the suspects. He also ordered the police to conduct further investigation to determine the motive of the killing.

Oliverio is the third journalist from Davao Del Sur killed. The Philippines has a record of 72 journalists killed since 1992 making the country one of the deadliest place for journos.

The incident coincided with the 54th month commemoration of the Maguindanao massacre, considered as the worst single attack on journalists in history as 32 members of the press were executed while on their way to a political coverage. (With reports from PNA)

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