MANILA, Philippines (UPDATE) - A lone gunman shot dead a broadcast journalist in Manay town, Davao Oriental province, Monday night.
Police identified the fatality as Desiderio "Jessie" Camangyan, a 52-year-old commentator of Sunrise FM radio station based in Mati City.
Investigators said the gunman shot Camangyan from behind while he was sitting onstage as one of the judges of a singing contest in Barangay Old Macopa, Manay town around 10:30 p.m..
Senior Superintendent Querubin Manalang, spokesman of the Davao regional police office, said a task group has been formed to identify the gunman and the motive for the journalist's killing.
Camangyan is a known critic of mining and logging activities in Davao Oriental.
The provincial chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines has condemned the killing.
It said that the shooting brazenly carried out in front of so many people "shows that the perpetrators were no doubt guiltless in committing a crime and were unafraid of punishment."
Camangyan is the 3rd radio commentator in Mindanao to be killed this year. Three others survived assassination attempts in Northern Luzon.
The International News Safety Institute (INSI) has tagged the Philippines as the "deadliest country" for journalists in 2009, accounting for 37 of 132 journalists and support staff killed or died while working around the world.
The deaths included at least 30 local journalists in a politically motivated massacre of 57 people in Maguindanao province last November 23, 2009. With reports from Noel Alamar, radio dzMM; Ad Roel Alcober, ABS-CBN Southern Mindanao and Reuters