MANILA, Philippines (3rd UPDATE) – A radio anchor was shot dead in Cabanatuan, Nueva Ecija on Thursday morning, police said.
Julius Cauzo, radio anchor of Radio DWJJ, was shot dead by a motorcycle-riding gunman at around 8:30 a.m., according to PO2 Fernando Cacayurin of Cabanatuan Police.
Police said Cauzo, 51, was pronounced dead on arrival at the Good Samaritan Hospital.
Cauzo sustained three gunshot wounds to his chest.
Police have yet to determine the motive for the shooting.
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) Secretary General Rowena Paraan said if Cauzo's killing was work-related, it would be the fifth this year, and 14th under the Aquino administration.
Malacañang condemned the killing and said the police is now running after the gunman.
“Unang-una kinokondena po natin ang nangyaring karahasan dito sa radio personality na ‘to. Ang police po ngayon may isang gunman [na] na-identify po sila. Hinahanap po nila ang gunman na ‘yun. Pangalawa, they’re looking at the motives of this particular killing, whether it’s personal or work-related,” Presidential spokesperson Edwin Lacierda said.
Asked if the Palace is in favor of forming special courts to handle media killings, Lacierda said this would be up to the Supreme Court and Congress to decide. – with reports from Edwin Sevidal, dzMM; Willard Cheng, ABS-CBN News