John Heredia, chair of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines–Roxas City Chapter, reported two men aboard a motorcycle fired at the broadcast center of station dyOW-Bombo Radyo Roxas City along Arnaldo Blvd. at around 9:30 p.m.
Warren French, Bombo Radyo area manager for Visayas, told NUJP a few deskmen, technical staff and a security guard were at the station when the strafing happened, but no one was hurt in the said incident.
A brief account detailing the incident was posted on the station’s Facebook page. According to the post, a security guard in the nearby Paraiso KTV Bar witnessed the motorcycle carrying the two men stopped in front of the broadcast center.
The back rider pulled out a gun and fired at the building. Another witness, aliased Daday, said she saw the two men sped away toward the city proper immediately after the shooting.
Roxas City Police recovered 11 empty shells of a .9mm pistol and a slug from a gun of unknown caliber. Authorities discovered steps leading to the building’s entrance bore bullet marks as a result of the shooting.
Police have already been deployed to man the station, French said.
French added the possible motive behind the shooting has yet to be established, although the station has been discussing issues such as the killing of a village (barangay) official and the reprimand of Capiz Provincial Jail officials by the Philippine Drug Enforcement Agency over their reported special treatment to a prisoner arrested over drugs.
A report from the Philippine Daily Inquirer on Monday (Sept. 17) quoted Chief Supt. Agrimero Cruz, Police Regional Office 6 Director, as saying the police incident report came 12 hours after the shooting happened.
Cruz told the Inquirer he already ordered the Roxas City Police chief Salvador Dagoon and Capiz Provincial Police Director Domingo Cabillan, to explain about the delay in the release of the report. Cruz said he has also instructed to deploy 30 more policemen in the city.
Rowena C. Paraan