Philippine gunmen kill broadcaster

May 07, 2014 - 12:00:00 am

ZAMBOANGA: Gunmen shot dead a radio broadcaster in the strife-torn southern Philippines in the latest in a spate of attacks on media workers.

The presidential palace, which has been criticised for failing to curb the killings, condemned the murder of Richard Najib, who was shot dead in the town of Bongao late Sunday, a day after World Press Freedom Day.

“We are ordering the Philippine National Police to track down, arrest and charge those behind these crimes,” said presidential spokesman Herminio Coloma.

Najib, of DXNN radio station, was returning from a basketball game in Bongao when three men accosted him and shot him dead, said Police Senior Superintendent Joselito Salido. “We are still trying to look deeper into the attack but a personal grudge is a possible angle,” he said.

Bongao is in the southernmost islands of the Philippines, an area where armed groups, outlaws and Islamic extremists are known to be active.   

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines criticised the killing, saying it was the 27th murder of a journalist since President Benigno Aquino took office in 2010.                       AFP