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Bishops condemn journalist killing

Nestor Libaton is the third journalist killed in the country in just over two weeks

Bishops condemn journalist killing
Radio journalist Nestor Libaton was shot and killed by unidentified gunmen on May 8
Manuel T. Cayon and Lourdes Abelardo, Manila

May 10, 2012

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Catholic bishops on Wednesday condemned the killing of a reporter of a Church-run radio station in the province of Davao Oriental. Three unidentified gunmen shot and killed Nestor Libaton around 2 p.m. on May 8 as he was traveling by motorbike back to Mati City, after covering a fair. Archbishop Jose Palma, president of the Catholic Bishops Conference of the Philippines, called on authorities to solve the case as soon as possible. "We hope and pray that the authorities will act on it and that justice may be pursued," the prelate said during a Radyo Veritas broadcast. "Whoever did this should realize the grave sin they committed," Palma said. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines also condemned the killing. Libaton was the third journalist killed in the Philippines in the past 15 days.  Rommel Palma was killed in Koronadal City on April 24, and Michael Calanasan was shot in Laguna on April 30. Libaton hosted a program that focused on development projects by the provincial government. Police say they have yet to establish a motive for the killing. Related reports: Radio reporter shot dead

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