Broadcaster’s house strafed in Dipolog


Zamboanga City: The house of a radio broadcaster, previously arrested by policemen for his allegedly libelous commentaries about them, has been attacked in Dipolog City in Zamboanga del Norte province, reports said on Saturday.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said that no one was injured or killed in the attack on the house owned by Rodolfo Tanquis, 50.

Police did not release any reports about the alleged attack on Tanquis’ house, a day after a gunman also strafed the office of dxFL radio where the broadcaster worked.

The strafing on the radio station damaged the announcer’s booth. The owner of the radio station, Franklin Lim, told police that he heard a burst of gunfire, but thought they were from firecrackers.

He said that, the radio technician reported to work at 6 a.m. and discovered that the glass of the announcer’s booth was shattered and bullet holes peppered the door.

Police said that they recovered at least eight deformed slugs and four casings of bullets fired from a .45-caliber pistol.

The motive of the attack is still unknown and police would not say if the shootings had anything to do with the operation of the radio station or its announcers.

The police did also not report Tanquis’ arrest last month, but his lawyers posted bail for his conditional liberty.


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