73-year-old publisher of Bohol daily shot dead
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MANILA, Philippines - Antonio “Tony” Silagon, 73, publisher of the local tabloid Bohol Balita Daily News, was shot by two unidentified assailants in the province's Barangay Dao, Trinidad City last December 15.
According to the Bohol chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Silagon was walking alone and had just left his residence when the incident took place.
He was on his way to the bus terminal to take a ride to Loay town when the motor-riding killers accosted him. According to a police report, one of the assailants is a woman.
The perpetrators reportedly pumped four bullets into the victim, one of which hit Silagon in the nape and exited on the left side of his face.
The killers fled toward the grassy area of the road after Silagon fell on the pavement.
The victim's partner, Marites Estoria, heard the gunfire and was informed by her neighbor that Silagon was shot. She hurried to the crime scene and rushed Silagon to the city's Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital.
The victim was still alive but died in the hospital in the afternoon of the same day.
Silagon’s Bohol Balita Daily News, published in the vernacular, is the only daily in Trinidad.
Authorities remain clueless on the identities and motives of the killers.
Silagon served as chief executive officer of the Loay Community Multi-purpose Cooperative, which according to cooperative officers, was doing quite well and branching to at least seven towns.
They said it was Silagon who was able to stabilize the operations of the cooperative after several years of struggling to stay afloat.
Silagon is survived by his wife, Arlinda, and five children.
NUJP-Bohol condemns the killing. The organization and the Silagon’s family are urging authorities to speed up their investigation into the crime and bring the killers to justice.