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Another journalist murdered in Philippines

Media killings under Aquino's rule may reach highest total

Another journalist murdered in Philippines

Journalists march in Manila to demand justice for slain media practitioners. (Photo by Vincent Go)

Joe Torres, Manila

May 23, 2014

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A broadcast journalist in the southern Philippine city of Digos, Davao del Sur province, was shot dead by unknown assailants on Friday morning.

Samuel "Sammy" Bravo Oliverio, 57, a broadcaster on local radio station, Radyo Ukay, was traveling home on a motorcycle when the attack happened.

Police officer Ali Dugasa said Oliverio "sustained a gunshot wound to the head that caused his instant death".

Oliverio is the third journalist to be killed in the city since 2006. On both prior occasions, with the killing of broadcaster Armando Pace and reporter Nestor Bedolido in 2010, the perpetrators were not brought to justice.

He is also the 28th journalist killed in the country since President Benigno Aquino came into power in 2010.

Unless checked, said Joel Egco, president of the National Press Club of the Philippines, the slaying of journalists during Aquino’s rule "may far outnumber those during the time of his predecessors".

"The killing of Oliverio dealt another humiliating slap in the face of the Aquino administration, during which the rate of media killings has outpaced the resolution of previous ones," he said.

The local chapter of the National Union of Journalists in Davao City said in a statement that Oliverio was known to be vocal in condemning the proliferation of illegal drugs and gambling.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which listed 72 journalists killed in the Philippines since 1992, ranks the country third in its global "impunity index" for failing to combat violence against the media.

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