October 19, 2004, in Tandag , PhilippinesAn unidentified assailant shot Sablas three times from behind at about 10 a.m. as the radio commentator rode a three-wheeled motorcycle away from a supermarket in Surigao del Sur Province on the southern island of Mindanao. Local journalists noted that Sablas, who hosted "Singgit sa mga Lungsuranon" (Cry of the People) on Radio DXJR-FM, was a strident critic of the drug trade and illegal gambling. Regional Police Chief Rene Elumbaring told The Associated Press that police were investigating the murder, which occurred in the town of Tandag, 510 miles (820 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Manila.
Local sources told CPJ that Sablas was likely killed in retaliation for his hard-hitting commentary about illegal gambling.
Job: Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered: Crime
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Criminal Group
Taken Captive: No