Under a pretext, a man gained access to the studio of Juan Jumalon (57) in his house in Calamba in the province of Misamis Occidental, the police said. “Once inside, for no apparent reason, he pulled out his firearm and shot his victim,” police said. The bullet hit the lower lip and pierced the skull.
The suspect fled and the presenter was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead. There was initially no information about the perpetrator’s possible motives. According to the National Union of Philippine Journalists (NUJP), Jumalon worked for the station 94.7 Calamba Gold FM and was also known as DJ Johnny Walker.
Philippine President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. condemned the act and called on police to quickly bring the perpetrator to justice. “Attacks on journalists will not be tolerated in our democracy,” Marcos wrote on the short message service X.
According to NUJP, Jumalon is the fourth journalist to be killed since Marcos took office in the middle of last year and the 199th since 1986, when dictator Ferdinand Marcos, the father of the current president, was overthrown. According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, a US-based non-governmental organization, the Southeast Asian country is one of the most dangerous places for reporters, especially radio journalists.
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