Ex-rebel-turned reporter shot dead in Zambo Sur PDF Print E-mail
Thursday, 18 February 2016 13:53

A former communist rebel turned radio reporter was shot dead Tuesday night in Zamboanga del Sur.

Elvis Ordaniza, a former member of the communist New People’s Army (NPA), was shot dead around 8 p.m. in Pitogo town,  according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

NPA is the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines,

Ordaniza, a reporter for Pitogo-based dxWO Power99 FM,  was killed inside his residence.  He was shot twice in the chest with a caliber .45 pistol.

ABS-CBN News quoted Ordaniza’s colleagues as saying he has been reporting about the rampant drug trade and illegal gambling in Pitogo.

The Philippines ranks third on the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ)’s  Impunity Index, which spotlights countries where journalists are murdered and the killers go free. The country is the third most deadly place for journalists in the world, after Iraq and Syria.

Another international media watchdog, London-based International News Safety Institute (INSI) said that last year 14 journalists were killed in the Philippines, next to Syria with 20 journalists killed and Iraq with 16.

Last year two radio and new newspaper journalists were killed.

Cosme Maestrado of dzMS was shot dead on August 28 in Ozamiz City, on the southern island of Mindanao.

Maestrado survived a previous attack in November 2011,

On August 20,  Teodoro Escanilla, a radio anchor for dzMS radio station in the eastern province of Sorsogon - and a spokesman for the Karapatan human rights group - was shot dead in front of his house.

On August 18, newspaper publisher Gregorio Ybanez was shot dead in front of his house in Tagum City, in the southern province of Davao.

In 2009,  34 of those killed in the infamous 2009 Maguindanao massacre in southern Philippines were media workers.