Malacañang has condemned the killing of Bohol-based radio broadcaster Maurito Lim, and directed the police force to hunt down the perpetrators of the crime.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr. said the government wants justice for Lim who was gunned down by a lone assailant on Saturday morning.
“Nakikiisa ang pamahalaan sa pagkondena ng pagpaslang ng isang radio commentator ng dyRD sa Lungsod ng Tagbilaran sa Bohol na si Maurito Lim. Kasalukuyan nang kumikilos ang mga lokal na awtoridad upang madakip at mapanagot ang may kagagawan ng krimen [The Aquino administration also condemns the killing of the radio commentator Maurito Lim of DYRD in Tagbilaran. The local authorities are now taking action to apprehend those behind the killing],” Coloma told government-run dzRB radio.
Lim, 71, was said 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 Benigno Aquino 3rd, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines.