Gunshot Attack Leave Journalist Fighting for Life in Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) is outraged at the latest murder attempt in the Philippines with the targeted shooting of Dennis Cuesta, program director of radio station DXMD of the Radio Mindanao Network, on August 4.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate, Cuesta sustained three bullet wounds to his head when unidentified armed attackers shot him near a crowded mall in General Santos City.

Cuesta anchors the public affairs program “Straight to the Point” and is known for his forthright commentaries on controversial issues such as illegal gambling and drugs as well as corruption in government.

Cuesta’s family told DXMD radio he remains in a serious condition in intensive care with possible paralysis.

“As Cuesta fights for his life, this attack is a chilling reminder of the culture of impunity for those who would attack the Philippines media, with four journalists already losing their lives for their profession in 2008,” said IFJ Asia-Pacific.

“The Philippines authorities must fulfill their responsibility to protect each and every person from such violence. The fact that journalists continue to be targeted is a clear indication that the authorities’ actions or lack of actions are not delivering the message of zero tolerance.”

The IFJ joins the NUJP in demanding an immediate investigation to catch the perpetrators of such heinous acts of brutality.

For further information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific on +612 9333 0919

The IFJ represents over 600,000 in 122 countries worldwide


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