BATANGAS - A former journalist was shot dead by armed men on a motorbike in Barangay Balagtas in Batangas City at noon Monday.
Melinda Magsino, a former correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer who wrote of illegal gambling in Batangas, was waiting for a ride when she was shot at close range.
As she is separated from husband and living together with a partner for the last 3 years, police are looking into a possible love triangle.
But her partner doesn't think so.
"It's politically motivated, that's all I can say," said Benjie Reyes.
Reyes believes that the killing is related to Magsino's former work.
The victim has also been criticizing some politicians in her social media account.
In 2005, Magsino went into hiding because of a threat on her life, according to the American Journalism Review.
A source sent a text message warning her that two convicts were released from a provincial jail with orders to kill her, the report said.
"The list of murdered journalists here is too long. I have to survive," she told the American Journalism Review then. "I don't want to become another statistic."
Rowena Carranza-Paraan, chairperson of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, said anyone who goes against the powerful in the Philippines could be killed.
"The murder of Mei Magsino is another illustration of how impunity continues to rule our land. While the police is still investigating the motives and possible perpetrators of the killing, it is already clear that citizens who earn the ire of the powerful can be easily felled by assassins' bullets," she said.
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility said if the Magsino's murder is related to her previous work, she would be the second journalist killed this year, and the 27th under the Aquino administration.
The Inquirer reported that Magsino had left the journalism profession and was running a health clinic. - with ANC