(UPDATE) SLAIN SORSOGON JOURNALIST Jobert Bercasio, also known as “Polpog”, who was shot dead Monday night by two gunmen riding -in -tandem on motorcycle, was probably shot dead by an automatic Armalite assault rifle, as police investigators found spent casing of M16 bullets at the crime scene, but investigators did not officially confirm their findings as investigation was still being pursued as of presstime.
Sorsogon City Police Chief Supt. Benito Dipad said “the victim died on the spot, but could not yet be determined how many gunshot wounds he took as autopsy has yet to be performed.”
Dipad said empty casings for M-16 rifle were recovered at the crime scene.
Police investigators are now reviewing CCTV footages along the route taken by the victim for possible identification of the suspects, Dipad added.
Meanwhile, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) issued an alarm to members nationwide about the killing of the Sorsogon journalist.
According to NUJP, If Bercasio’s murder is proven to be related to his work, he would be the 17th journalist killed in the line of duty under President Rodrigo Duterte and the 189th since 1986.
Bercasio, who is known for hard-hitting commentaries, hosted a program through Facebook live.
According to reports in Sorsogon City, Bercasio was a “hard-hitting” commentator who tackled issues such as, illegal logging, among others.
But, reports said, an hour before he was killed, Bercasio, in his personal Facebook page, posted about “trucks coming from a “quarry area” in Bulan town that lacked proper documents.”