A 40-old radio announcer Gabriel Alburo, also known as “Kumander Aguila” in his show on a local Guihulngan station 94.5 dyJL FM, was shot dead on Dec 27 by motorcycle-riding men while he was walking on the way home in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental at around 3:05 a.m. on Friday, December 28.
Local police recovered eleven empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol and a fired cartridge of 9mm pistol, according to a report by the Inquirer.
According to the same report, Senior Inspector Danilo Santillan, La Libertad police chief ruled out the motive behind the killing to be job-related as Alburo was believed to have figured in an altercation at a cockpit before he arrived home at prior to his death.
|As a brother in the profession the Dumaguete Press Radio and TV Club appealed for a thorough investigation, and passed the hat to help defray expenses of the family of the victim.
Alburo is a candidate for city councillor in Guihulngan in the May 2019 elections. While the motive for the killing remains unclear, political or not, some groups voiced their concern over the attacks on journalists in the country.
Commission on Human Rights Spokesperson Jacqueline de Guia condemned the attacks carried out by “riding in-tandem” perpetrators and urged the
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines meanwhile said that the killing of Alburo, if proven to be work-related, would be the 13th such killing of a journalist since the start of President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration in 2016 and the 186th killing since 1986.