Radio host gunned down on Mindanao

April 23, 2013
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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.

  • Philippine radio broadcaster Mario Baylosis Vendiola was gunned down by two men on a motorbike in Kabasalan, southern Mindanao on Monday (April 22nd). Vendiola previously reported threats on his life. Investigators still have no motive for the attack. [AFP/PNP-RO 9]

    Philippine radio broadcaster Mario Baylosis Vendiola was gunned down by two men on a motorbike in Kabasalan, southern Mindanao on Monday (April 22nd). Vendiola previously reported threats on his life. Investigators still have no motive for the attack. [AFP/PNP-RO 9]

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.

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