Ilocos Sur Broadcaster Ambushed Just a Few Meters Away from Provincial Police Office

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP)

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January 8, 2009

Ilocos Sur broadcaster ambushed just a few meters away from provincial police office

Unidentified gunmen ambushed but failed to kill Eugene Paet Y Piano, 49, a radio commentator of DWRS Commando Radio station, which is located in Brgy. Tamag, Vigan, Ilocos Sur.

Reports received by NUJP said that Paet, known among members of the local media community as “Commando Uno”, was rushed to Metro Vigan Cooperative Hospital after he was shot around 7:20 PM yesterday (January 7). The incident occurred along the national highway in Bulag Sentro, Bantay town, Ilocos Sur, just a few meters away from the Ilocos Sur provincial police office at Camp Pres. Elpidio Quirino.

Colleagues of Paet said the anchorman was heading home after his program at his radio station when waylaid by the gunmen.

Police reports said unidentified men riding in tandem on a red yamaha motorcycle with no plate number overtook Paet and shot him, hitting him twice. Paet was able to run away and sought help from residents of a nearby house. The suspects immediately fled the scene.

The suspects were armed with .45 caliber as evidenced by the recovered cartridge shells and slug.

Paet was first employed by Bombo Radyo-Vigan in the ‘80s before transferring to the dwRS, which is owned by Rep. Ronald Singson, son of Deputy National Security Adviser Luis Singson.

Paet’s son, Eugene Jr., believes someone wants to silence of his father because he said he could think of no one who bears any personal grudge against him except those that might have been irked from his commentaries in the radio.

Broadcaster Arlon Serdenia, chairperson of the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in Ilocos Sur, condemned the incident and appealed to authorities to immediately solve the attack.

(NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office)

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