Originally published on the CMFR website on 2 July 2018.
CMFR/PHILIPPINES – Two media workers were killed on 23 June 2018 in two cities in separate incidents.
Jessie Cano, a resident of Brgy. Cadayonan in Marawi City, Lanao del Sur, was gunned down at around 7 pm by unknown assailants.
Lanao del Sur is 1,884 kilometers south of Manila.
Cano, an administrative aide at the government-owned dxSO Radyo Pilipinas Marawi, was on his way home to Aggie Village inside the Mindanao State University campus when he was shot. He sustained four gunshot wounds.
Cano had been working in the station for 20 years.
Media reports on the incident quoted Police Superintendent Jamal Adiong, Marawi police chief, as saying that Cano was probably mistaken for a member of an intelligence unit since he was an army reservist. Adiong identified Islamic State sympathizers as possible suspects.
Meanwhile, Manuel Lacsamana, a resident of Brgy. Bitas in Cabanatuan City, Nueva Ecija was shot at close range by still unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle along Mabini Street shortly before midnight. Nueva Ecija is 181 kilometers north of Manila.
An engineer-contractor by profession, Lacsamana was a contributor to the regional monthly newspaper The Media Messenger and chairman of the board of the Central Luzon Media Association- Nueva Ecija. A report in the Inquirer.net said he was a subdivision developer and quarry operator.
Lacsamana was brought to hospital but died on arrival. Nine .45 caliber bullet casings were recovered from the crime scene.
A Manila Times report quoted Richard Francisco, identified as Lacsamana’s friend and part-time driver, who said he suspected that Lacsamana was killed over the “controversial issue of quarrying” in the province.