A RADIO reporter was shot dead by unidentified gunmen who barged into his house on Tuesday night in a remote village in Pitogo town, Zamboanga del Sur.
Elvis Ordaniza, 49, of local FM radio station dxWO Power 90 was shot twice in the chest with a .45-caliber pistol. He died while undergoing treatment at the hospital.
Philippine National Police (PNP) spokesman Chief Supt. Wilben Mayor said the attack involved at least two gunmen.
Media watchdog National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said the broadcaster had been discussing illegal drugs and illegal gambling in Pitogo town in his radio program.
No individual or group has claimed responsibility for the attack on Ordaniza, reportedly a former rebel who returned to the folds of the law.
NUJP said Ordaniza is the first journalist to be murdered this year and the 31st killed under the Aquino Administration.
The NUJP statistics also show that Ordaniza is the 171st journalist to be murdered in the country since the restoration of democracy in 1986. Many of these cases remain unresolved and their killers at large.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) previously said that the Philippines is the deadliest peacetime country for journalists in the world and has long held the top four spot among the most dangerous countries in the world for media. It is also the only country in that position that is not officially under war situation.