As Pres. Gloria M. Arroyo asks the judiciary to hasten the adjudication of human rights cases, a mediaman, this time a radio announcer of Cagayan de Oro was shot and seriously wounded by unidentified gunmen in the city on Thursday, March 5.
Radio broadcaster Nilo Labares of the dxCC Radio Mindanao Network was rushed to Maria Reyna Hospital in critical condition.
Cagayan de Oro City Vice Mayor Vicente Emano declared a “shoot to kill” order for the police officers tasked to investigate and apprehend the gunmen.
The shooting incident follows last month’s slaying of Ernesto Rollin, another radioman in Misamis Occidental, the first media person to be killed this year and the 99th since 1986. Rollin of dxSY-AM in Ozamiz City was gunned down at about 5:30 AM in Oroquieta City. His murder was condemned by the Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontieres.) In a statement, the international group said:
“”We firmly condemn the murder of Rollin, the latest victim of a culture of violence and impunity that has ravaged the media in the Philippines for too long…he motive has not yet been established but the modus operandi indicates it was a contract killing ordered by Rollin’s enemies and carried out by professional hit-men,” —GMATV News (02/24/09) (Photo Credit: Paulo Ruiz) =0=