CNN cameraman shot dead in Cavite

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An assistant cameraman of a TV network was shot dead this morning by an unidentified assailant on Bucaneg Street, Barangay Pinagbuklod, Imus City, Cavite.

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CNN Philippines’ assistant cameraman Jonathan Oldan, 30, was gunned down outside his house at about 5:30 a.m. on Thursday, according to the Imus City police chief, Supt. Redrico Maranan.

CNN Philippines, in a statement posted on the company’s Facebook account, said, “We deplore the killing of our colleague Jonathan Oldan. He was shot to death on his way to work this morning. We demand that his assailant/assailants be brought to justice.”

“We condole with his family and loved ones in this most tragic and trying time. CNN Philippines condemns this act and will spare no effort to bring the criminal/criminals to justice,” the network stated.

A CNN report on Thursday afternoon said Oldan stopped by a bakery on his way to work when a man approached and shot him. He was still able to run away from the gunman after he was shot four times but the suspect caught up with him and fired at Oldan several times more.

Initial police reports said the victim sustained seven gunshot wounds, four in the head and three in the body.

According to a witness, the suspect is about 5’5” tall and wore a brown jacket and fled on foot.

Oldan was an assistant cameramen for three years on Solar TV before working with CNN Philippines.

Maranan said the motive may be a personal grudge or related to Oldan’s work at the network.

Richard Albano, Calabarzon regional police director, has ordered a manhunt for the immediate arrest of the suspect who remains at large.

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