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CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY – An unidentified assailant stabbed dead a radio man in a daring broad daylight attack Saturday in Butuan City in southern Philippines, media watchdog National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said.

It said Francis Patindol, of dxJM, was with some companions when the assailant attacked him and stabbed him in the chest outside the Alba Copy Center on Narra Road in the village of New Society. The assailant escaped after the 10 a.m. attack.

Patindol was rushed to the M.J. Santos Hospital, according to NUJP. It said the motive of the killing is still unknown although the police launched an investigation into the murder.

It was not immediately known whether the killing of Patindo was connected to his job or not, according to NUJP.

But Undersecretary Joel Egco, of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, said Patindol’s killing was not work-related. He said the attacker, who was believed drunk when he stabbed Patindol, is now being hunted by the police.

“On the stabbing to death of Francisco Patindol in Butuan City, drunken suspect (has been) identified and is now the subject of a (police) manhunt. We have complete invest(igation) reports and photos. (The photos are) Graphic, so I will not post the pix (pictures). (It is) Not work-related. We are on it. Keep safe. Be safe.,” Egco posted on his Facebook account.

NUJP said 12 journalists had so far died in attacks under the current government of President Duterte. (Mindanao Examiner)


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