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Philippine gunmen kill another broadcaster

Nilo Baculo had received death threats after exposing corruption

Philippine gunmen kill another broadcaster

Broadcaster Nilo Baculo (right) is seen here with his lawyer in 2008

Joe Torres, Manila

June 9, 2014

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Gunmen shot and killed a radio broadcaster in the Philippine province of Oriental Mindoro, police said on Monday.

Nilo Baculo, 67, was an announcer on radio station DWIM in Calapan City about 140 kilometers south of Manila.

Two gunmen ambushed him near his home in the village of Lalud, a police spokesman said.

The killers then fled on a motorcycle, Chief Superintendent Vicerio Cansilao added.

Baculo was the second broadcaster to be killed in the Philippines in less than a month.

Samuel "Sammy" Bravo Oliverio, 57, a broadcaster for Radyo Ukay in the southern Philippine city of Digos, in Davao del Sur province, was shot dead on May 23.

Police say they are looking for a motive behind Baculo’s murder. The victim had sought and got police protection in 2008 after he said he received death threats over reporting on corruption among local business people and politicians.

The protection was later withdrawn after authorities cast doubt over his claims.

"It's another sad day for the Philippine press," said Joel Egco, president of the National Press Club.

"Again, we call on the government to pay more serious attention to the worsening case of journalist killings," Egco said.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said that unless Baculo's killing is proven to be not work-related, he would become the 143rd journalist/media worker killed in the line of duty in the Philippines since 1986.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists, which has 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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