Contract dispute may be motive behind journalist murder: Philippine police

15:55, July 05, 2010      

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A dispute over a public works contract is the possible motive behind the recent murder of a former radio commentator in northern Philippines, police said Monday.

Cordillera Regional Director Chief Supt. Villamor Bumanglag said initial investigations showed the 75-year-old Jose Daguio was involved in a public works project of the Tuga waterworks system in Tabuk City, Kalinga province. He said that Daguio, who was murdered by unidentified assailants Saturday night, had a misunderstanding with village official Elorde Marcelino who reportedly realigned Daguio's project into deepwell project.

The police has invited Marcelino to undergo a paraffin test.

Daguio was the first journalist killed under the new administration of President Benigno Aquino III.

The Committee to Protect Journalists, an international media watchdog, has urged the Aquino administration to act on these incidents against the media, as the country reels from its record of having the most number of journalists murdered throughout the world last year.

On Nov. 23, 2009 alone, 32 media workers were slain by gunmen loyal to a clan in the southern Philippine province of Maguindanao.

Source: Xinhua


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