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Radio commentator shot dead in Iligan City - media group

InterAksyon.com
The online news portal of TV5

MANILA, Philippines -- A radio commentator was shot dead in Iligan City by at least two men riding a motorcycle Thursday night, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.

In an alert it issued late Friday morning, the NUJP said Nanding Solijon of DxLS Love Radio was hit seven times in the head, chest and other parts of the body during the attack in Purok 1, Barangay Buruun, where he had gone to drink with friends. 

“Solijon was crossing the street to his parked car when he was attacked” around 10:30 p.m., the NUJP said.

The media organization said the killing, if proven to be work-related, would make Solijon the 159th media practitioner murdered in the country since 1986 and the 19th since President Benigno Aquino III came to office in 2010.

The NUJP alert quoted its Iligan City chaoter chairman Ronnie Enderes as saying police recovered eight .45 caliber shells from the scene of the killings.

However, he said witnesses could give no clear description of the killers because the attack took place in a dark portion of the street.

Solijon anchored Sandiganan, which airs 8 a.m. Monday to Friday, and was a known supporter of Iligan City Representative Vicente “Varf” Belmonte, the NUJP said.

He had been known to criticize several local politicians over his program, including a barangay captain he had linked to illegal drugs.

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