Originally published on the Facebook page of NUJP on 28 December 2018.
A radio announcer was murdered in the town of La Libertad, Negros Oriental early Friday morning, December 28, police and his radio station said.
Gabriel “Kumander Aguila” Alburo, 50, was heading home to Guihulngan City on his motorcycle from a cock derby when he was shot by two men on another motorcycle on the national highway in Barangay North Poblacion around 3:05 a.m.
He is the second media practitioner to be killed in Negros Oriental this year after Edmund Sestoso in Dumaguete on April 30.
If proven to be work-related, his death brings to 13 the number of journalists killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in mid-2016 and 186 since 1986.
Alburo had only recently resumed broadcasting over 94.5 dyJL FM, a community station in Guihulgan, colleagues said.
Local media said he was also running for councilor in Guihulngan as an independent.
Police have yet to determine the motive for Alburo’s murder.
Guihulngan is where massive police operations on Thursday left five persons dead and several others arrested.
NUJP Media Safety Office – Visayas