Journalists Killed  |  Philippines

Romeo (or Romy) Binungcal

Remate and Bulgar

September 29, 2004, in Bataan Province, Philippines

Binungcal, a correspondent for two national Manila-based tabloids, Remate and Bulgar, was killed while riding home on his motorcycle in Bataan Province, in the central Luzon Region. Unidentified gunmen fired five shots at close range, according to local and international news reports.

Local journalists said his murder came in retaliation for his reporting on corrupt provincial police. Sources told CPJ that the murder may have been committed on the orders of local police officers who lost their jobs as a result of Binungcal's reporting

Binungcal was a businessman in addition to working as a journalist, but he was well-known for his reporting on corrupt officials. He was also the former editor of the local Mt. Samat Weekly Forum.

Medium: Print

Job: Print Reporter

Beats Covered: Corruption

Gender: Male

Local or Foreign: Local

Freelance: No

Type of Death: Murder

Suspected Source of Fire: Government Officials

Impunity: Yes

Taken Captive: No

Tortured: No

Threatened: No

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