Rommel Palma. (Bombo Radyo Photo)
It said Rommel Palma, 31, of Bombo Radyo, was killed at around 4 a.m. outside a hospital in
where his companion, Rey Legario, was gathering news. Koronadal City
Bombo Radyo confirmed the attack and said the police launched an investigation into the killing of
Legario said he was gathering news in
South Cotabato Provincial Hospital when he heard gunshots and rushed outside to see bloodied in their vehicle. Palma was rushed to the hospital, but died later from multiple wounds. Palma
He said he did not see the shooters, but claimed that
, who was working with Bombo Radyo the past 5 years, had no known enemies. The motive of the attack is still unknown. Palma
Media groups condemned the killing.
The international media watchdog, Reporters without Borders, has branded the
as one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. It said most of the murders and physical attacks on journalists were carried out by paramilitary groups and private militias. Philippines
It said the Aquino government has still not come up with a satisfactory response to end the spate of killings and attacks on journalists, so these groups continue to enjoy a total impunity that is the result of corruption, links between certain politicians and organized crime, and an insufficiently independent judicial system.
More than 100 journalists had been killed in the
in the past decades and most of the cases remain unsolved. (Mindanao Examiner) Philippines
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