GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines (UPDATED) – A publisher of a local community newspaper and blocktime commentator was ambushed and killed by a gunman riding along Conel Road in this city Thursday evening, January 5.
The victim, Christopher Guarin, sustained five gunshot wounds in different parts of the body and was rushed to the General Santos City Hospital where doctors declared him dead on arrival.
His wife was reportedly slightly wounded.
Guarin and his wife were riding on their KIA sedan when the gunman sprang an ambush.
In an interview with reporters, his wife said Guarin was able to alight from his car and ran during the first volley of gunfire but the gunman reportedly ran after him and shot him several times.
His wife further revealed that prior to the shooting incident, Guarin received several threats.
“Naa siya nadawt nga text nga dili siya mogawas,” the wife said. (He received a text message warning him not to go out)
The victim had just finished his radio program and was on his way home when ambushed and killed.
Guarin was former manager of the defunct RGMA Super Radyo and also previously worked as reporter for Bombo Radyo Gensan.
At the time of his death, he was publisher of local community newspaper Tatak News Nationwide and had a blocktime program with RMN’s dxMD in this city.
Guarin is the first journalist killed in the Philippines this year and the third from the defunct RGMA Super Radyo.
The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility condemned the killing. “Unless the necessary steps are taken to speed up the ongoing trials of the accused in the killing of journalists as well as the masterminds , and to investigate, arrest, and try those involved in the killing of Guarin, as well as that of six other journalists in 2011, the killings are likely to continue in 2012 and the coming years,” it said in a statement.
In 2004, Super Radyo reporter Jonathan Abayon was shot and killed moments after leaving the old house of then rising boxing star Manny Pacquiao.
Suspect William Bael, a former bodyguard of Pacquiao, remains at large.
In 2009, Neneng Montaño was among those killed in the Ampatuan Massacre. Montaño was sales account executive and part time reporter of Super Radyo. – Rappler.com