A news reporter of a Roman Catholic church-owned radio station in Mati City, Davao del Sur was shot and killed by still unidentified gunmen at around 2 p.m. today (May 8).
DxHM-AM (Ang Radyo Totoo) news reporter Nestor Libaton was on his way to the city proper on board his motorcycle when the suspects riding in a single motorcycle shot him seven times. Libaton died on the spot.
Libaton was with a fellow broadcaster Eldon Cruz on board another motorcycle when Libaton was shot by two men riding in tandem in Sitio Bitan-agan, Barangay Don Enrique Lopez, Mati City, according to colleague Neelan Luciano.
Luciano said Libaton was a reporter of the Church-owned radio station but said Libaton did not have any commentary programs.
Luciano said it was not the policy of the radio station to discuss controversial issues on-air.
Libaton, 40, was married and had four children.
Libaton is the third member of media killed within the last 15 days. The others were Rommel Palma, killed in Koronadal City on April 24, and Michael Calanasan, killed in Laguna on April 30.
JB R. Deveza
NUJP Mindanao Media Safety Office
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Rowena C. Paraan
NUJP-IFJ Media Safety Office
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