A radio broadcaster was killed in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro, on Wednesday, May 31, the third media killing victim under the Ferdinand Marcos Jr. government.
DWXR 101.7 (Kalahi) FM radio program host Cresenciano Aldovino Bunduquin, 50, was shot in front of his store as he was opening it at around 4:20 AM along C5 Road, Barangay Sta. Isabel, the Oriental Mindoro Provincial Police Office said.
The victim was declared dead in a nearby hospital.
“[T]he suspects arrived on a white Honda XRM 125 motorcycle, with plate numbers DD 22153. The back rider alighted from the motorcycle and suddenly approached the victim, shooting him several times in different parts of his body,” the police’s Special Investigation Task Group (SITG) Bunduquin said.
The police said the two perpetrators tried to flee the scene but the victim’s son gave chase and collided with the getaway vehicle, causing the driver to be thrown down and sustain head injuries.
The suspect, identified by the police as Narciso Ignacio Guntan, also died on the spot while the gunman was able to flee.
“[From] Follow-up operations and leads from the pieces of evidence gathered at the crime scene, members of the SITG have already identified a person of interest,” SITG commander and Oriental Mindoro police director PCol. Samuel Delorino said.
“We guarantee to bring swift justice to the victim and his family,” Delorino added.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Bunduquin co-hosted Kalahi FM’s “Ayos Mandin” show. The victim also owns Mux Online Radio Facebook page were he shares videos of his “Balita at Talakayan” show that he co-hosts with fellow broadcaster Sandy Soriano.
Kodao sources said Bunduquin was a “lively” radio commentator, especially on local issues such as the environment and government corruption.
The Presidential Task Force on Media Security called Bunduquin’s killing a “dastardly act” and announced it is offering a reward of P50,000 for any information leading to the suspect’s immediate arrest.
Bunduquin is the third broadcaster killed under the Marcos Jr. government, following the murder of Rey Blanco of Negros Oriental last September 18 and Percy Lapid last October 3 in Las Pinas City. # (Raymund B. Villanueva)