Reporter shot, wounded in Cavite
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MANILA, Philippines -- (UPDATE - 3:36 p.m.) A reporter for a tabloid was shot and wounded by unidentified attackers in Cavite Wednesday morning, police said.
Chief Superintendent Benito Estipona, Calabarzon regional police director, said Jun Valdecantos was shot by two men riding a motorcycle in Barangay Mambog, Bacoor town around 9:20 a.m.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, in an alert, said Valdecantos, of the local paper Cavite Exposed, was shot twice in the back and was rushed to the Medical Center Imum for treatment.
A member of the National Press Club, Valdecantos had previously worked as reporter for tabloids People’s Tonight and Imbestigador.
Police said they have identified one suspect and have launched pursuit operations.
PO3 Angelito Roxas of the Bacoor police said they have yet to determine the motive for the attack but acknowledged it might have to do with the victim's work.
The Philippines has gained notoriety for the impunity with which journalists and media workers have been killed, attacked and threatened.
It is considered one of the most dangerous places for journalists, with the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines listing 154 media killings since 1986.