Second broadcaster shot dead in a week in the Philippines (dpa German Press Agency)

Manila (dpa) – A radio broadcaster and human rights activist was shot
dead in the eastern Philippines, police said Friday, the second media
professional to be killed in the country this week.

Teodoro Escanilla died Thursday at a hospital in Sorsogon City, about
370 kilometres south-east of Manila, Superintendent Nonito Marquez
said.

Assailants barged into the victim’s house late Wednesday in the
nearby town of Barcelona and shot him several times, Marquez said.

He was a broadcaster for Sorsogon-based radio station DZMS and a
spokesman for a human rights group called Karapatan. He was critical
of alleged abuses by the military in the province, co-workers said.

On Tuesday, Gregorio Ybanez, the president of the Davao Del Norte
Press and Radio-TV Club, was gunned down in Tagum City, about 950
kilometres south of Manila. He died the following day.

Escanilla was the fifth media professional killed in the country this
year, and the 29th since President Benigno Aquino took office in
2010, according to the National Union of Journalists of the
Philippines.

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