Philippine journalist gunned down for being critical of corruption

ILIGAN: Philippine police say a gunman has killed a popular radio commentator known for being critical of alleged corruption and rising crime in a southern city.

Police chief Cristeto Rey Gonzalodo of Iligan City says Fernando Solijon was shot multiple times late Thursday as he was about to get into his car after having drinks with colleagues at a friend's house.

Students of St. Scholastica's College, a Catholic school, blow their whistle and flash thumbs down signs during a "noise barrage" protest outside their campus in Manila, Philippines, Wednesday, Aug. 28, 2013 to call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund. The fund known as pork barrel allows lawmakers to allocate government money for projects in their districts. The pork barrel scandal centered on a powerful businesswoman who allegedly collaborated with lawmakers in channeling some of the funds. She has gone into hiding after she was charged with illegal detention of a whistle-blower. Local media reports of her lavish lifestyle have angered many ordinary taxpayers in the Southeast Asian country where nearly 28 percent of the 97 million people live on a little over a dollar a day. AP

Students call for the scrapping of a corruption-tainted development fund in Phillipines. AP

He says the gunman then fled aboard a motorcycle driven by another man. Solijon, 48, died on the way to a hospital.

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines says Solijon would be the 159th journalist killed in the country since 1986 if an investigation shows the attack was related to his job. The group says most of the slayings have remained unsolved.


Updated Date: Aug 30, 2013 13:34 PM

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