MANILA – A Filipino radio commentator was shot dead in the city of Kidapawan on the southern Philippine island of Mindanao, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said in a statement on Thursday.
Police said Ed Dizon was ambushed and shot by two men on a motorbike while he was driving home from work as an anchor at Brigada News FM at 10:35 pm on Wednesday night, the official Philippine News Agency reported.
A few days prior to his death, Dizon had filed a report with Kidapawan police after receiving death threats likely related to his work as a broadcaster, according to the NUJP, who pointed out that he was the 13th journalist to be killed during President Rodrigo Duterte’s mandate and the 186th since 1986, when the country returned to democracy.
“Dizon’s murder underscores yet again how the overwhelming failure of government to ensure justice for violent crime can only invite even more bloodshed by perpetrators emboldened by the certainty that they can literally get away with murder,” the NUJP said in the statement.
Dizon ran for municipal councilor of Makilala in the May 2019 elections but lost.
Philippine National Police Chief Oscar Albayalde ordered the head of the provincial police to immediately open an investigation into the incident.
In its report in December 2018, the International Federation of Journalists called Philippines the deadliest peacetime country for journalists in Southeast Asia.
In its latest report, Reporters Without Borders said the Philippines was the most dangerous Asian country to be a journalist and the fifth most dangerous in the world, after Mexico, Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan.