February 23, 2009, in Oroquieta City, Philippines
Two men shot Rollin at around 5:30 a.m. at a gas station
The men, who were riding a motorcycle and wearing ski masks, shot him at least three times while he was parking at a gas station, the reports said. Rollin’s partner, Ligaya Barero, who was waiting for him nearby, tried to help him when she heard the gunshots but the assailants shot him another time and fled, the Philippine Daily Inquirer reported. Barero was placed in the government’s witness protection program along with another witness, according to news reports.
Rollin had been a journalist for about 10 years and was
popular for his outspoken comments on a prime-time current affairs program on
the DXSY radio station. In the days preceding his death, Rollin had talked
about controversial laws affecting the province. The Center for Media Freedom
and Responsibility told CPJ in
On May 24, police arrested suspected triggerman Juel Jumalon, a former member of the New People’s Army, the reports said. A murder case was filed against Jumalon and another, unnamed man at the Misamis Occidental Regional Trial Court on June 22. The investigation did not reveal the mastermind behind the attack.
Job: Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered: Politics
Local or Foreign: Local
Type of Death: Murder
Suspected Source of Fire: Unknown Fire
Taken Captive: No