Unidentified gunmen fire at radio station

CMFR/ Philippines – Two unidentified men fired several shots at the office of a radio station in Roxas City last 13 September 2012. No one was harmed in the incident.

Roxas City is approximately 386 kilometers south of Manila.

Joseph Silvias, station manager of Bombo Radyo in Roxas City, told the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) that around 9 p.m. (local time) a security guard from a nearby establishment saw two unidentified men riding in tandem on a motorcycle stop in front of the radio station office and fire at it several times. Police recovered 11 casings from a .9mm pistol.

The station had already signed off when the shooting happened. Silvias said the radio’s security guard did not realize that the gunshots he heard were aimed at the radio station until he found casings by the stairs leading to the radio station’s office. The security guard thought the gunshots had come from a nearby KTV bar.

The police are still investigating the shooting incident. Silvias said witnesses did say the gunmen were not wearing helmets. However, the witnesses also said they could not remember the men’s faces as the gunmen were driving fast.

Silvias said that the shooting might be related to the content of some of their radio programs. Almost all of their anchormen had been reporting and commenting on illegal gambling in Capiz, the projects of some local politicians, and the killing of a barangay (village) chairman.

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