Originally published on the CMFR website on 2 July 2018.
CMFR/PHILIPPINES – A volunteer radio reporter was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental on 27 June 2018. Negros Occidental is 783 kilometers south of Manila.
Julius Barellano of Radyo Bandera Sweet-FM Bacolod was leaving his house in Brgy. Rizal at around 8:30 a.m. when he was shot at close range by one of two assailants on a motorcycle. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds and was declared dead on arrival at the San Carlos City District Hospital.
The Visayan Daily Star reported that Barellano was the chairperson of the Hacienda Medina Farm Workers Association, a local chapter of the National Federation of Sugarcane Workers (NFSW) based in San Carlos.
Eljohn Castano, station manager of Radyo Bandera, said in the Visayan Daily Star report that Barellano’s killing happened during the first year anniversary of the station’s operations in Bacolod City.
Panay News reported that Radyo Bandera is affiliated with NFSW. Christian Tuayon, chairperson of the Bagong Alyansang Makabayan- Negros and a close friend of Barellano, told Panay News that Barellano’s killing might be related to his active involvement in a legal dispute over the ejection of tenants from Hacienda Medina.
Supt. D’artagnan Katalbas, chief of police of San Carlos City, said they had not received any reports of threats against Barellano prior to his killing. Katalbas told the Inquirer.net that a “personal grudge” was among the possible motives for the killing police are looking into.