Vice President Jejomar Bi- nay condemned on Monday the killing of Bohol-based radio broadcaster Maurito Lim by a lone assailant on Saturday morning.
“It is appalling that yet another journalist has died for simply doing his job. Violence against the members of the press has no place in a democratic and civilized society,” Binay said in a statement.
The vice president said that the Philippines should encourage freedom of expression, but not curtail it.
“And lest Mr. Lim’s death become yet another grim statistic of violence, I call on our police to help ensure the safety of our journalists and see to that that they remain free from harassment and acts of violence,” Binay added.
Lim, 71, was reported to be getting off his vehicle to host his program “Chairman Mao on Board” on radio dyRD when a lone gunman on a motorcycle shot him at about 10:35 a.m. on Saturday.
The bullet reportedly entered his left jaw and exited through his right ear.
The radio anchor was rushed to the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital where he underwent an operation but died at 1:15 p.m.
Lim was the second journalist killed in Bohol, the 172nd since 1986 and the 31st under the administration of President Be-nigno Aquino 3rd, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.