PPF condemns murder of radio correspondent in Philippines
Pakistan Press Foundation has expressed concerned over the death of a radio correspondent in the province of Masbate, Philippines inside his own store on the morning of Sunday 2 June 2013.
Quoting information from Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), PPF Secretary General Owais Aslam Ali in a letter to the President of the Republic of Philippines on Thursday, an unidentified gunman shot Miguelito Rueras three times inside his store in Pio V. Corpuz town. Rueras was a correspondent for DyDD El-Nuevo Bantay Radyo, an AM radio station based in Cebu City south of Masbate.
Nothing was stolen from Rueras’s store, Police said, discounting the possibility that robbery was the motive behind the killing. The police are instead looking at political and professional angles to establish the motive.
DyDD station manager Valeriano Carillo was quoted in a report in the Manila newspaper Philippine Daily Inquirer as saying that Rueras did not report for the station during the May 2013 elections, since Rueras was a known supporter of governor-elect Rizalina Seachon-Lanete.
PPF vehemently condemns this murder and calls on the government to immediately begin a serious investigation into the matter. Those responsible for the murder should be found and prosecuted.