The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemned Monday the murder of a former minister of the Iglesia ni Cristo religious sect and TV host in Pampanga on Sunday.
NUJP President Jose Torres urged police to investigate the murder of Marcos Balais Mataro, 40, host of the UNTV program "X-Man."
Torres said Mataro is the 2nd local mediaman to be killed this year and the 56th since Gloria Arroyo became president in 2001. He said Mataro's murder could be linked to his work as a TV host for the Ang Dating Daan sect.
Mataro, a former INC minister, was waiting for a Manila-bound bus at 10:30 a.m. at the North Luzon Expressway toll gate in San Simon, Pampanga when two men riding tandem on a motorcycle shot him.
Police later recovered the getaway vehicle (DY 4524) near the area. They said Mataro has a pending attempted homicide case before the Apalit Municipal Trial Court and Quezon City Regional Trial Court.