Radio announcer shot dead in Bohol

ANOTHER journalist who had been criticizing local officials linked to narcotics was killed in Tagbilaran City before noon Saturday, according to the Bohol police.

Radio announcer Maurito Lim, known as Chairman Mau by his listeners, was shot at around 10:35 a.m. in front of the dyRD radio station in Tagbilaran City by a still unidentified gunman who was on board a motorcycle, according to  Bohol provincial police spokesman Superintendent Joie Pacito Yape.

Yape said Lim was shot in the face and was rushed to the Governor Celestino Gallares Memorial Hospital, but died at around 1 p.m.

According to the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Lim was the second journalists to be killed in Tagbilaran, but the 34th to be slain during the Aquino administration.

President Benigno S. Aquino III himself said in October last year his administration will continue to work to stop attacks on members of the press “until this number reaches zero.”

In his speech during the Annual Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association of the Philippines in Marco Polo Ortigas, the President said things have changed since the martial law years, as the country has returned to democratic rule.

‘We no longer live in a country where the media is muzzled, or where the government tries to impose its will on journalists,” he said.

In fact, he said, his administration has been in active pursuit of all those who have allegedly committed extralegal killings, including those involving media, and the public can already see the effects of the government’s efforts.

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