A radio commentator in Iligan City was shot dead by at least two men riding a motorcycle on Thursday night.
Nanding Solijon of dxLS Love Radio Iligan City was hit seven times in the head, chest and other parts of the body during the attack in Purok 1, Barangay Buruun, Iligan City where he had gone to drink with friends.
Solijon was crossing the street to his parked car when he was gunned down.
NUJP Iligan City Chapter Chairman Ronnie Enderes said investigators recovered eight .45 caliber shells at the crime scene.
However, he said no one could give a clear description of the killers because the street was dark.
Solijon, anchor of Sandiganan, which airs 8 a.m. Monday to Friday, was a known supporter of Iligan City Representative Vicente Belmonte.
He had criticized several local politicians on his program, even linking a barangay captain to illegal drugs.
If Solijon’s murder is proven to be work-related, he would be the 159th media practitioner murdered in the country since 1986 and the 19th since President Benigno Aquino 3rd assumed office in 2010.
The National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) assailed the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the Philippine National Police (PNP), for their “continued indifference” in the dangerous state of media practice in the country.
The initial report said that Solijon was shot dead by two motorcycle-riding suspects armed with .45 caliber pistols.
Only last month, in a span of 48 hours, there were three recorded killings of members of the press, one in General Santos City in Mindanao and two in Quezon City.
“Repeatedly, we have sought an audience with DOJ Sec. Leila de Lima, even ‘begging’ her for a sit-down as far back as three weeks ago so that the NPC and the authorities can discuss on how best to address the problem but all we got from the good secretary are repeated promises that is yet to happen,” said NPC vice president Marlon Purificacion.
“In the same breadth, we also wrote police director general, Alan LM Purisima requesting for a meeting but he replied that he is “too busy” and instead pass on the responsibility to one of his deputies.
“Apparently, our officials directly in charge of giving justice and protection to journalists are more interested in pursuing more ‘sensational cases’ such as the hunt for Janet Lim Napoles and the pork barrel scam instead of addressing the increasing number of dead journalists that is a cause of embarrassment to our government in the international arena,” Purificacion added.
He warned that should the government continues to turn a deaf ear to the cry of journalists for protection and justice to fallen journalists, “then the NPC, together with other media organizations and civil society groups, would resort to more assertive forms of action to force the authorities to face the issue squarely.”