Cagayan de Oro broadcaster receives death threat

Bombo Radyo chief of reporters Michael James “Dacoycoy” Licuanan, who survived an assassination attempt on November 24 last year, has reported receiving another death threat.

The threat, which was sent by SMS, stated: “Naa na diay ka pusil karon. Dili gihapon na makaluwas nimo. Pwede tika hiposon odtong dako. Ga tan-aw ra akong mga tawo sa imo James Dacoycoy. Sa pagkakaron wala ka kabalo kinsa imo tinood nga kontra ug tinood nga amigo.” (So you have a gun, now. This will not save you. I can kill you even at noontime. My men are watching you James Dacoycoy. For now, you do not know who your enemies and true friends are.)

Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro station manager Celso Maldecir said their station also received a call about three weeks ago while Licuanan was anchoring his morning commentary program Bombohanay Bigtime.

The caller, Maldecir said, refused to identify himself and seemed irate over the commentaries of Licuanan which, Maldecir said, centered on the illegal drug problems of the city.

It was widely believed that the shooting of Licuanan November last year was due to his commentaries on illegal drugs.

Meanwhile, Police Supt. Emmanuel Hebron of the Cagayan de Oro City Police Office said they are investigating the source of the threatening text message. Hebron said City Director Gerardo Rosales has given instructions to provide Licuanan with additional security personnel to deter a possible second assassination attempt.


JB R. Deveza


NUJP Mindanao Media Safety Office

0999 536 9592

Rowena C. Paraan
NUJP Secretary-General
Executive Coordinator, NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office
0919 932 8746


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