Abante reporter shot dead in Bataan

ABS-CBN News

Posted at Jan 08 2015 12:18 PM | Updated as of Jan 09 2015 04:53 AM

MANILA (UPDATED) - A tabloid reporter in Balanga, Bataan was shot dead on Thursday morning.

Police said Nerlita "Nerlie" Ledesma, a correspondent for tabloid Abante, was waiting for a ride when she was shot dead by motorcycle-riding men in Barangay Tuyo.

Ledesma, 47, died on the spot after sustaining four bullet wounds.

Police have yet to determine the motive behind the shooting incident.

The National Press Club condemned the latest killing of a journalist in the country.

"The attack on Ms. Ledesma, a local radio personality and provincial correspondent of Abante, is the latest addition to the growing number of journalists who were either maimed or killed under the regime of President Benigno Aquino III," NPC said.

The NPC said the Ledesma's killing happened a day before its scheduled dialogue with Justice Secretary Leila De Lima regarding the NPC's role in the Interagency Task Force on Extrajudicial Killings, including media killings, under Administrative Order 35.

"Ledesma's case will be the first to be acted upon as the NPC officially assumes its role and clarifies its tasks in the committee," the group said.

The Palace also condemned the killing, vowing that its perpetrators would be held accountable.

"Kinokondena at ikinalulungkot namin ang pagpaslang kaninang umaga kay Binibining (Nerlita) 'Nerlie' Ledesma ng pahayagang 'Abante.' Tinutugis na ng PNP ang mga pinaghihinalaang salarin at sila ay pinag-utusan na gawin ang nararapat upang panagutin ang mga nagsagawa ng krimen na ito," Communications Secretary Sonny Coloma said. -- With reports from Rod Izon, dzMM; Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News