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Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr has directed the police to launch an investigation following the on-air murder of a radio broadcaster, marking the fourth journalist killing under his administration.
The broadcaster, known as DJ Johnny Walker “Juan Jumalon,” was killed by an unknown assailant in his home studio in Calamba while live-streaming on Facebook. This incident was reported by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) as a “brazen killing.”
The attack, which occurred during the broadcast, resulted in the death of the journalist, who was later pronounced dead en route to the hospital. The president assured that such attacks against journalists would be met with severe consequences in defense of press freedom.
The police say that the shooter faked being a listener to gain entry, then executed the crime and fled with an accomplice on a motorcycle. Additionally, the police are investigating the neighborhood’s security cameras for further evidence.
While the authorities are still determining the motive and have not identified prior threats to Jumalon’s life, the head of the Presidential Task Force on Media Security is currently treating the murder as related to the victim’s journalistic work.