Philippine journalist known for being critical of President Marcos shot dead in a brazen attack

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Demonstration to demand press freedom
Demonstration to demand press freedom. (Source: twitter/philstarnews)

Jakarta, IO – Percival Mabasa, a radio journalist in the Philippines, who is a well-known for being critical of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr., was shot dead in his car near his house, Monday (3/10).

The Philippine National Police spokesperson Roderick Augustus Alba said Mabasa was attacked by two assailants riding motorbikes at the gate of a residential compound in the Las Pinas area of Metro Manila. The police are still hunting for the perpetrators and investigating the murder, reported Merdeka on Thursday (6/10).

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Mabasa is the second journalist to be killed in the country since Marcos Jr. took office last June. Marcos Jr., also known as Bongbong Marcos, is the son of dictator Ferdinand E Marcos.

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Mabasa, in his radio broadcast, often criticized the Marcos Jr. administration and accused top Philippine officials of corruption. His family is demanding justice. The journalist union condemned the killing and stated that the Philippines remains one of the world’s most dangerous places for journalists. (un)