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Date Posted: 23:11:33 06/19/04 Sat
Author: IFEX
Subject: Probable suspects in murder of Filipino radio journalist

IFEX - News from the international freedom of expression community
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ALERT UPDATE - PHILIPPINES

18 June 2004

Probable suspects in murder of radio journalist identified

SOURCE: Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), Quezon City

**Updates IFEX alert of 17 June 2004; for further information on the
Endrinal case, see alert of 11 February 2004**

(CMFR/IFEX) - A radio broadcaster in General Santos City, southern
Philippines, was killed by unknown assailants on 17 June 2004 at around 3:15
p.m. (local time). He was the second journalist to be killed in the
Philippines this year.

Ely Binoya, station manager of Radyo Natin (Our Radio), was riding on a
motorcycle on his way home to Malungon town, in South Cotabato, when he was
shot by two unidentified gunmen who were also on a motorcycle in Crossing
Upper Labay, according to Jose Torres of ABS-CBN News online.

The Manila-based newspaper "Today" reported that, according to police,
Binoya died on the spot due to multiple gunshot wounds in different parts of
his body.

Torres said the motive for the killing is still unknown. However, he added
that Binoya was known as a hard-hitting commentator who often criticised
politicians.

The "Manila Bulletin," another Manila-based newspaper, reported that
Superintendent Willie Dangane, General Santos City police chief, said three
people have been tagged as probable suspects.

Dangane named a certain Kolot Padernilla, a nephew of Mayor Teodorico
Padernilla of Malungon, Sarangani, Bobot Toreta, and another person known
only as Balong. The three were named in a complaint filed by Binoya for an
alleged assault on 7 June.

CMFR is investigating the case.

BACKGROUND:
Binoya is the second broadcaster killed in the Philippines this year. Ruel
Endrinal, of DZRC radio station in Legazpi, City, Albay Province, was gunned
down on 11 February while he was on his way to the station.

Forty-four journalists have been killed in the Philippines since 1986.
Binoya would be the 45th on the list if his death turns out to have been
work-related. Last year was the worst year yet for Philippine media since
the martial law period, with seven journalists killed.

For further information, contact Melinda Quintos de Jesus or Sweet Mary J.
Cawicaan Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR), 2nd Floor,
Ateneo Professional Schools, 130 H.V. dela Costa St., Salcedo Village,
Makati City, 1227, Philippines, tel: +63 2 894 1314/1326, fax: +63 2 840
0889, e-mail: cmfr@surfshop.net.ph, Internet: http://www.cmfr.com.ph

The information contained in this alert update is the sole responsibility of
CMFR. In citing this material for broadcast or publication, please credit
CMFR.
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