Radio announcer shot dead, another escapes slay try in separate incidents

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CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – A media man was killed and another one managed to escape a slay try in two separate incidents on Friday, December 28, 2018.

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) informed BicolToday.com in Naga that radio announcer Gabriel “Kumander Aguila” Alburo, 50, was murdered in the town of La Libertad, Negros Oriental early Friday morning, December 28, while in Mindanao, another media man escaped a slay try

Alburo was heading home to Guihulngan City on his motorcycle from a cock derby when he was shot by two men on another motorcycle on the national highway in Barangay North Poblacion around 3:05 a.m.

He is the second media practitioner to be killed in Negros Oriental this year after Edmund Sestoso in Dumaguete on April 30.

If proven to be work-related, his death brings to 13 the number of journalists killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in mid-2016 and 186 since 1986.

Alburo had only recently resumed broadcasting over 94.5 dyJL FM, a community station in Guihulgan, colleagues said.

Local media said he was also running for councilor in Guihulngan as an independent.

In Mindanao, two unidentified gunmen shot a radio broadcaster in Tandag City on Friday, Dec. 28, 2018. NUJP-Surigao del Sur chapter reported.

Joel Salinas Pimentel, 49, had survived the slay try when he was on his way home from his radio program, Bandera News Afternoon Edition, in Tandag City, Surigao del Sur.

Pimentel, who was on-board his motorcycle, managed to escape and has remained calm despite the ordeal. [BicolToday.com]

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