A grenade attack on Wednesday partly damaged a radio station and left one of its workers hurt, reported the Bukidnon chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.
Two unidentified men on a motorcycle reportedly lobbed the grenade at DxGT Radyo Abante at around 8:10 a.m. during the block-time program Bombardeo anchored by Joas Dignos. A utility man identified as Celso Caniamo, was hurt in the attack.
Radyo Abante program director Cocoy Medina said the grenade landed on the station’s balcony at the second floor of a building near a bus terminal in Maramag town.
Dignos was not on air during the attack, Medina said, as the host had taped the program beforehand. Medina said Dignos has been receiving threats on his cellphone prior to the attack.
“But I can not also discount that the target may have been me,” Medina said.
Medina explained that he had also been discussing some controversial issues in his own radio program. Medina said he has been commenting against video karera, a form of illegal gambling, and the sale of pilfered diesel fuel in Quezon town, among others.
Medina said he has not been getting threats lately, unlike Dignos who has resorted to taping some of his programs to avoid having to go to the station regularly. Dignos, Medina said, has also changed his mobile number as a result of the threats.
During the May 2013 polls, Dignos may have also made several enemies because of his commentaries, Medina said.
DxGT Radyo Abante is operated by Bukidnon board member-elect Gordon Torres and is an affiliate of the Iddes Broadcast Group Inc.