Broadcaster found dead in Maguindanao
COTABATO, Philippines – A Filipino radio broadcaster was murdered by suspected contract assassins in central Mindanao.
Eddie Jesus Apostol, co-host of the blocktime “Council on the Air” on radio station dxND based in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato, was found dead last Saturday, September 1 in Liguasan Marsh near Sultan sa Barongis town, in Maguindanao. He was missing for almost two weeks.
Maguindanao is the province where members of influential Muslim clan massacred 58 people, including 30 working journalists in 2009.
Malu Manar, dxND program director and chair of National Union of Journalist in the Philippines, said Wednesday, September 5, that Apostol, a former town councillor in Magpet, was last seen going with an unidentified man to an alleged treasure-hunting site in the border of North Cotabato and Maguindanao on August 20.
“He was hogtied and had been shot in different parts of his body. But we are not certain if the killing has something to do with his work,” Manar said.
“The victim’s motorbike and money were missing,” she added.
Governor Emmylou Mendoza said police were still investigating the motive as well the identities of the perpetrators.
On Nov 23, 2009, 58 people, including journalists, were slaughtered by gunmen in the mountains of Salman in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao.
Their bodies, along with those of 31 journalists and several lawyers, and vehicles were later found by the roadside in Maguindanao.
Members of the Ampatuan clan lead the 195 accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case. - Rappler.com