ZAMBOANGA, Philippines – A radio host was gunned down by two men on a motorcycle on Mindanao Island on Monday (April 22nd), the latest in a string of attacks ahead of next month's elections, AFP reported.
Mario Baylosis Vendiola, 33, had finished his show for DXLM and had left the station when he was gunned down in Kabasalan, according to Senior Inspector Rico Pondol, who added that Vendiola had reported a death threat in the past.
Police are looking into a motive, as is the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).
"We want to verify very carefully if this is work-related," NUJP Rowena Paraan said. "We are trying to verify if he is connected to any politician or espoused any candidate," in the May 13th local and legislative elections.