The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility reports of yet another journalist gunned down in the Philippines in just two weeks. Prudencio “Dick” Melendres, a photojournalist for Manila-based tabloid Tanod (Guardian), was slain on 31 July in Malabon City, just north of Manila.
Initial police reports revealed that Melendres was murdered just before 9 a.m. in front of his house.
A report by GMANews.TV identified Melendres to be a cousin of photojournalist Albert Orsolino, who was similiarly shot dead during an ambush on 17 May.
Orsolino was a former reporter for Saksi Ngayon (Witness Today), covering President Gloria Arroyo. Police investigation showed that a personal grudge with a neighbor most likely led to his death.
The CMFR is still looking into the circumstances behind Melendres’s slaying.
On July 18, Armando “Rachman” Pace, a broadcaster known for hard-hitting commentary, was gunned down by unidentified men in Digos City, Davao del Sur, around 680 kilometers south of Manila.