Family of slain radio broadcaster in Zamboanga seeks justice

Dynah Diestro, ABS-CBN News

Posted at May 18 2018 08:11 PM

Wake for slain broadcaster Carlos Matas. ABS-CBN News

PAGADIAN CITY, Zamboanga del Sur—The family of slain radio broadcaster Carlos Matas is seeking justice for his death.

Matas was shot to death by 7 armed individuals in Barangay Noburan, Labangan town, Zamboanga del Sur last May 12 while meeting residents to discuss new projects in the area.

A retired member of the Philippine Army, Matas was appointed provincial coordinator of the Cassava Farmers Association in Zamboanga del Sur and was a co-anchor of a radio program of the provincial government over DXCA-AM/FM in this city.

“The house owner called my father to hide, but he chose not to hide and faced the perpetrators. The residents there saw how they killed my father with an M4,” said his daughter, Mari Matas.

The wounded suspect identified as Arnaiz Alam Kabaro is still under investigation while 2 other suspects died during hot pursuit operation.

Police Senior Supt. John Guyguyon, provincial director of Zamboanga del Sur Police, said authorities are looking at personal grudges and revenge as possible motives.

“We are digging deeper into this as both sides claimed that they were ambushed. But this is too far from neither his work as a volunteer coordinator of the cassava farmers nor his work as radio broadcaster," Guyguyon said.

Prior to the incident, Matas reported to Labangan Police Station that he was waylaid by the group of Kabaro in Barangay Langapod last May 8.

On the same day, Kabaro also reported to police that his group was also ambushed by Matas's group in Barangay Lower Sang-an in the same town.

The arrested suspect now faces charges of murder and attempted homicide.