New York, March 9, 2009--Following the murder attempt against radio journalist Nilo Labares, the head reporter at DXCC Radio Mindanao Network, the Committee to Protect Journalists called today for a thorough investigation into the shooting and an end to impunity in crimes against journalists.
On March 5, two gunmen shot Labares twice at around 9 p.m. near his home. The men fled on a motorcycle, according to news stories that quoted a police report. Police suspect that there may have been two other people involved, according to the news reports.
Labares was taken to a hospital in nearby Cagayan de Oro city on the
Superintendent Noel Armilla, the acting city police chief, said that the attack was apparently connected to his work as a journalist, according to a report in the Philippine Inquirer. Two suspects, Felizer Caitor and Bernardo Aguilar, surrendered to police today, according to other news reports.
The radio station's news chief, Rey Maraunay, told Agence France-Presse after the shooting that Labares received a threat an anonymous call two weeks ago. The caller warned him against continuing his hard-hitting reports on illegal gambling in the area.
"We call on the police in
Cagayan de Oro to conduct a swift and independent investigation into the attack on
radio journalist Nilo Labares and bring the assailants to justice," said
least two Philippine journalists have been killed on
CPJ will be
launching its 2009 Impunity Index on March 23 in