A broadcaster was shot dead Monday night in Negros Occidental province, reports from local and national media said.
Political block-timer Niel “Lito” Jimena, 42, was declared dead on arrival from five gunshots at the provincial hospital in Silay City, according to dyEZ Aksyon Radyo-Bacolod.
A block-time is a paid time slot in radio stations whose hosts are usually employed by the buyer or producer of the time slot.
The online news portal Interaksyon.com quoted Supt. Louis Garonga, deputy chief for operations of the Western Visayas police, as saying Jimena was shot at his residence in Hacienda Theresa, E.B. Magalona town. Station dyEZ said he was shot by two men who chased him down on a motorcycle.
Police have yet to determine the motive for the killing or if it is related to Jimena’s work.
Jimena wrote for Ilonggo News and other newspapers and worked for various radio stations in Iloilo in the 1980s until the early 1990s. He later moved to Negros Occidental.
In recent years, Jimena co-hosted block-time radio programs in Iloilo. The block time program “Husgador” which he co-hosted over dyRI of Radio Mindanao Network-Iloilo ended last week.
Former colleagues said Jimena’s ethical practice had at times been questioned and that, at one point, he worked as an informant for an anti-narcotics agency.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines called for an investigation on Jimena’s killing to determine the motive of the crime and the arrest of his killers.
Nestor Burgos, 0917.725.6333
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