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By Francis Allan L. Angelo


A RADIO anchorman was gunned down in Roxas City, Capiz Thursday afternoon.

Martin D. Roxas, 32, program director of Radio Mindanao Network (RMN)-Roxas City, succumbed to a single gunshot wound in his back.

Doctors of the Capiz Provincial Memorial Hospital declared Roxas dead 2:05pm.

Roxas has just finished his noontime program Targetanay Sa Udto and was on his way home when a gunman shot him at Bayot Drive in the said city.

RMN-Roxas City manager Ely Abarra said Roxas was just 900 meters from their station when shot

Roxas, who leaves behind a wife and two children aged three and one, had been a radio commentator for over a decade. His program tackles local politics, and police said it was possible he could have been attacked because of his work.

Abarra said there was an apparent attempt on Roxas recently, when he was kicked from his motorcycle. Roxas dismissed the incident, but had been taking precautions.

“This week, his topics touched on an ongoing political squabble involving two politicians,” Abarra said in an Agence France-Presse report.

Roxas’ colleague Dennis Cuesta is fighting for his life in hospital after he was shot in General Santos city Monday.

The attacks come more than a month after gunmen shot and killed Bert Sison, a reporter for a community newspaper in Quezon province. Sison’s daughter, who is also a journalist, was wounded in the attack.

Roxas is the fourth journalist to be killed in the Philippines this year.

Police Regional Office-6 director Isagani Cuevas has ordered the creation of a task force that will investigate Roxas’ death.

Police are looking into the issues Roxas tackled the previous months to get a lead on the case.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists and French group Reporters Without Borders have branded the Philippines the second most dangerous place for working journalists outside Iraq.

Three journalists were killed in the Philippines last year, while 12 were killed in 2006.

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August 2008

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