A broadcast journalist of the Radio Mindanao Network (RMN) in Roxas City, Capiz who is also an officer of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in the province was shot and killed in a broad daylight attack on Thursday.
The murder of Martin Roxas, 32, anchorman of RMN station dyVR and host of the station’s noontime program, “Targetanay sa Udto,” by two motorcycle-riding gunmen, came three days after another RMN broadcaster, Dennis Cuesta, was seriously hurt in a shooting attack in General Santos City. Cuesta still lies in a comatose state up to this time.
Reports from Capiz said Roxas, who is auditor of the NUJP-Capiz, had just finished his program and left the radio station in Barangay (village) Punta Tabuc at 1 p.m. on his motorcycle when the gunmen pursued him.
“The gunmen shot him around a kilometer away from the city proper and fled,” said John Heredia, NUJP- Capiz chairman.
Roxas died past 2 p.m. at the Capiz Emmanuel Hospital, to which he was rushed, from a bullet that hit his spinal column, Chief Supt. Isagani Cuevas, Western Visayas police director, said.
Police are investigating two persons who were intercepted at a checkpoint.
Cuevas also said a task force headed by Senior Supt. Josephus Angan, Capiz provincial police director, has been formed to investigate Roxas’ murder. He also said the investigation will look into the possibility the killing was work-related since Roxas tackled various issues.
According to Heredia, Roxas had told colleagues and co-employees that he was beaten up by a group of young men last week. He said they are still determining if this was related to the shooting.
Roxas is the fourth journalist to be murdered this year and the 59th since President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001. #
IFJ – NUJP Media Safety Office
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