MANILA – A radio station broadcaster was shot dead late Tuesday at his house in the southern Philippines by two unidentified men.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines on Wednesday blamed the existing culture of impunity in the country for the incident.
A statement by the journalists’ body said the 49-year-old Elvis Ordaniza, who worked for dxWO Power99 FM in Pitogo, in South Zamboanga, was shot twice in the chest while cooking dinner at his house in Purok Bagong Silang.
The journalist died while being transferred from a local health facility to a hospital in Pagadian, the nearest city.
The police are yet to ascertain the motive behind the attack, but discovered that a .45 caliber pistol was used for the murder.
Ordaniza had lately been vocal against the flourishing of illegal drugs and gambling in the area.
Murders of Filipino journalists who report against local politicians or investigate corruption are common in the country, and Ordaniza is the first one killed in the island nation this year.
According to the latest report of the International Federation of Journalists, the Philippines has the second largest number of journalists murdered since 1990, with 146 killings, surpassed only by Iraq which accounts for 309 such instances.