Philippines: Radio commentator stabbed to death

Monday 22 April, 2019
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A radio commentator in Butuan City, Philippines, was stabbed by an assailant on Saturday morning and died in the hospital where he was rushed to, according to a news alert by the Media Safety Office of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

The NUJP said that according to the Butuan police, Francis Patindol of station DXJM was with some of him friends when the attacker stabbed him on the left side of his chest at around 10 am and fled.

The motive for Patindol’s murder is still unknown but the NUJP said that “if proven to be work-related, he would be the 187th journalist killed in the line of duty the country since 1986 and the 13th under President Rodrigo Duterte.”

Philippines ranked fifth on the 2018 Global Impunity Index of the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists. It is the only country in Southeast Asia to make the list. 

According to DXBN ​the suspect “has been identified as Ola Saramsamen, a dispatcher of public utility jeepney.”

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