Tawi Tawi broadcaster gunned down

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MANILA, 6May2014 — A 35 year old local radio executive was gunned down by still unidentified suspects in Bongao, Tawi Tawi on Sunday, May 4, at about 8pm.

Investigators have yet to establish the motive for the killing of Richard Najid, acting station manager of Powermix FM in Bongao, Tawi Tawi. Powermix FM is owned by the Sahali family of Tawi Tawi, a clan active in local politics.

Babylyn Kano, station manager of DxGD AM, said that aside from managing the station, Najid also had a daily (Monday to Friday) news and public affairs program.

Najid was also one of the FM station’s disck jockeys.

Kano, who was a colleague of Najid for six years prior to Najid’s transfer to Powermix FM, however said Najid was not known for dishing out “hard-hitting” commentaries.

“Najid had no recent commentaries against politicians or anybody else,” Kano said.

But Kano said Najid last month had acted as a witness in a drug bust by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency (PDEA). Police authorities are looking at this as a possible motive for Najid’s killing, Kano said.

Najid’s killing is the second in Bongao. Vicente Sumalpong, a broadcaster of the government-owned Radyo ng Bayan. Sumalpong was with two companions when he was shot and killed in Bongao on June 25, 2007.

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