Journalists Killed  |  Philippines

Andres Acosta


December 20, 2006, in Batac, Philippines

An unidentified attacker stabbed commentator Acosta in the town of Batac, 240 miles (390 kilometers) north of Manila. Stabbed in the head and body, Acosta collapsed on his motorcycle while trying to get to a hospital.

Batac Police Chief Bienvenido Rayco told local reporters that the killing might be work-related. "He had been receiving death threats," Rayco said, without giving further details. He also noted that Acosta had been a witness in a court case and could have been targeted in revenge. Another DZJC commentator, Roger Mariano, was killed in 2004.

Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.

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