Palawan broadcaster’s daughter abducted

Police officials are now in pursuit of kidnappers who abducted the daughter of a Palawan-based radio commentator.
The victim, a 17-year old Hotel and Restaurant Management student of Palawan State University and the daughter of dyEZ broadcaster Louie Larroza, was abducted before 10 a.m. yesterday (Sept. 15), in front of her school. She was having her report photocopied when unidentified men took her and forced her into a black van.
She was rescued at around 7 pm in a secluded portion of Manalo St., Puerto Princesa City proper. The rescue was reportedly a combined effort of the Philippine National Police, National Bureau of Investigation, Criminal Investigation and Detection Group and Armed Forces of the Philippines-West Command.
As reported by Philippine Daily Inquirer Palawan correspondent and National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Palawan Chapter chair Redempto Anda, Larroza told local media the kidnapping “could be a warning for me to stop my broadcasts.” In other interviews this morning, Larroza admitted he was critical of former Palawan Gov. Joel Reyes, and is vocal about it in his radio program.
In the morning when his daughter was abducted, he was hitting on Reyes for being the alleged mastermind in the murder of slain broadcaster and environmentalist Gerardo “Doc Gerry” Ortega.
Larroza is also dyEZ’s station manager. Reportedly, he and the station have been also critical of CitiNickel Mining in Narra, Palawan, and of some retired police and military personnel.
The victim, police said, was able to hide a Globe phone from her abductors and send text messages to her mother. Operatives set up checkpoints at the barangay where the signal from her Globe phone line was traced.

Rowena C. Paraan
Executive Coordinator
NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office



A broadcaster was shot dead Monday night in Negros Occidental province, reports from local and national media said.
Political block-timer Niel “Lito” Jimena, 42, was declared dead on arrival from five gunshots at the provincial hospital in Silay City, according to dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod.
A block-time is a paid time slot in radio stations whose hosts are usually employed by the buyer or producer of the time slot.
The online news portal quoted Supt. Louis Garonga, deputy chief for operations of the Western Visayas police, as saying Jimena was shot at his residence in Hacienda Theresa, E.B. Magalona town. Station dyEZ said he was shot by two men who chased him down on a motorcycle.
Police have yet to determine the motive for the killing or if it is related to Jimena’s work.
Jimena wrote for Ilonggo News and other newspapers and worked for various radio stations in Iloilo in the 1980s until the early 1990s. He later moved to Negros Occidental.
In recent years, Jimena co-hosted block-time radio programs in Iloilo. The block time program “Husgador” which he co-hosted over dyRI of Radio Mindanao Network-Iloilo ended last week.
Former colleagues said Jimena’s ethical practice had at times been questioned and that, at one point, he worked as an informant for an anti-narcotics agency.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines called for an investigation on Jimena’s killing to determine the motive of the crime and the arrest of his killers.


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