STILL unidentified gunmen shot to death a radio broadcaster in Kidapawan City in Cotabato province on Wednesday night before fleeing, police said yesterday.
Victim Eduardo Dizon, a commentator of Brigada News-Kidapawan City died on the spot due to several gunshot wounds in the body, a Police Regional Office 12 report said.
Following the killing, Philippine National Police chief, Director General Oscar D. Albayalde directed PRO12 director, Brigadier General Eliseo T. Rasco to create a special investigation task group that will investigate the incident and track down the killers at all cost.
“We are saddened by this incident and are extending our deepest sympathies to the family of the victim and the whole Brigada Team,” said PNP spokesman, Colonel Bernard M. Banac as he assured the media industry and the entire public that the PNP is committed in ensuring the safety and protection of all medics members.
An investigation showed the victim was driving his Mitsubishi Mirage G4 along the national highway in Quezon Boulevard corner Diversion Road, Sinsuat Street in Kidapawan City 10:25 p.m. Wednesday.
The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said they received an information that the victim steered his car to the side of the road after being shot at least five times and eventually died.
Records showed that Dizon was the Brigada News-Kidapawan City radio station’s manager until 2018. He later ventured into politics and lost in his bid to win a council seat in the municipality of Makilala, North Cotabato during the last May 13 elections.
The NUJP claimed Dizon is the 13th journalist to be killed in the country since 2016.
With Jun Christopher Balangatan