Radio Journalist shot dead in Surigao del Sur

A radio broadcaster was shot dead early dawn today in the town of Barobo in Surigao del Sur.

The victim, Godofredo Linao Jr, sustained four gunshot wounds, one hitting his nose and exiting through his nape, and three others on his back.

Linao was the coordinator of Radyo Natin program “Kapamilya Walang Iwanan”. According to station manager Mar Alvizo, Linao was also the spokesperson on Surigao del Sur Vice Gov. Librado Navarro.

The police has yet to identify the circumstances and motives behind Linao’s death.

According to Alvizo, Lina got a text message while drinking with friends, and went to Bugak Lodging House at around 1:00 am.

“[Linao] also takes controversial issues at tinitira niya talaga [and makes commentaries on them].”

Linao’s sister in law Neneng Legado said in reports that she has not heard of Linao being threatened. She added that Linao was a former baranggay councilor in Mangagoy in Bislig, surigao del Sur, and was planning to run in 2010 for a position in the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.

“We don’t receive threats here, we are just targeted right away,” Alvizo also said.

Linao is the 68th journalist killed since Gloria Arroyo assumed presidency in 2001, and is the 6th journalist killed this year.


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