Philippines: One journalist beaten and shot dead, another shot and wounded



    MONTREAL, April 19 /CNW Telbec/ - Reporters Without Borders voiced
outrage today at the murder of public radio reporter Carmelo Palacios in the
northern province of Nueva Ecija on 17 April and a shooting attack south of
Manilla today on Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent Delfin Mallari and
radio DZMM reporter Johnny Glorioso, in which Mallari was injured. Police said
Palacios' murder was probably linked to his work as a journalist.
    "We call on the competent authorities, especially the police chief and
justice department, to ensure that both of these cases are properly
investigated," Reporters Without Borders said. "After the Melo Commission
report and the UN Human Rights Council' investigations, with its damning
conclusions for the Philippine government, those responsible for these attacks
must be identified and punished. If they turn out to be members of the
security forces, we urge the government to take additional measures to put a
stop to this kind of abuse."
    Aged 41, Palacios worked for public-owned dzRB Radio ng Bayan. His body
was found yesterday in Santa Rosa, in Nueva Ecija province, with bullet wounds
to the head, many facial fractures, and injuries to the body. He was known for
reporting on corruption and, at the time of his death, was investigating cases
of abuse of authority by local officials and policemen. As a Citizens Crime
Watch activist, he had also helped the police track down criminals.
    Witnesses said he went to the Cabanatuan City police station on 17 April
and spent several hours there. He then left with a friend to an unknown
destination. Witnesses said his body was dumped there from an unidentified car
which immediately took off.
    Mallari and Glorioso were fired on by two men aboard a motorcycle as they
were driving to radio DWKI, a local station south of Manila. Mallari, 53, was
hit in the leg and was rushed to hospital. Glorioso was unhurt. Mallari, who
also edits a local newspaper, Ang Dyaryo Natin, and is known for covering
illegal logging and drug trafficking, said he had received death threats. Both
journalists said they thought they knew who was responsible for the shooting
but they refused to name him.




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