ZAMBOANGA CITY: Police arrested a man suspected to be behind the killing of Filipino radio broadcaster Joan Dignos in the southern Philippines.
Police said Dionisio Daulong was arrested on Friday in the village of Paitan in Bukidnon’s Quezon town. Daulong, a member of a notorious criminal gang, is being accused in the murder of Dignos.
A village official was also arrested for allegedly protecting Daulong, a known killer-for-hire, who is also being linked to several murders and frustrated murders and robberies in the province.
Dignos, a commentator at dxGT Radyo Abante in Maramag town, was shot and killed by two men on a motorcycle in Bukidnon province on November 29.
Recently, another radio broadcaster Nilo Baculo, 67, was shot dead by an unidentified gunman near his home in Calapan City in Oriental Mindoro province.
The killing of Baculo, who previously sought court protection following a death threat, remains unresolved.
Baculo, who hosted a news and public service program “Isumbong Mo kay Ka Nilo” over radio station dwIM in Calapan City, was the 165th journalist murdered in the Philippines—the 33rd under the watch of President Benigno Aquino 3rd, and the fourth this year.