Three Journalists Killed in the Philippines in One Month

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    TEMPO/Dhemas Reviyanto

    TEMPO.CO, Manila - The death of a radio presenter who was recently shot has added to the death toll of reporters in the Philippines within the past month to 3 people. The country is known to be dangerous for media workers.

    Chief of Police Inspector Glicerio Cansilao said yesterday that the police are currently investigating if the death has any correlation with the line of work.

    According to Cansilao, NiloBaculo, 67 years old, was shot point blank just outside of his home in the city of Calapan by an armed man on a motorcycle. Baculo worked as a commentator and news anchor for the DWIM radio station which was shut down late last year.

    According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, Philippines is the third most dangerous country for reporters following Syria and Iraq. Philippines is pictured as a country with the "impunity tradition", meaning that powerful figures can have reporters murdered with no fear of the law. It is also known that the police are corrupt and easily bribed. Lack of control in the country's legal system makes the murders even more uncontrollable.

    The data from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines revealed that this year, there are 4 reporters who have been murdered in the country.