Two radio broadcasters shot in Philippines

alerts-button-1.jpgTwo radio journalists were injured when two unidentified men fired their guns at them on 1 December 2006 in Estancia, Iloilo province, about 400km south of Manila, reports the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility.

Arnie Pullan and Butch Aclaro, broadcasters at the MBC-Radyo Natin, were riding a motorcycle on their way home after their program when two men on another motorcycle appeared and shot at them. Contrary to earlier reports, Pullan and Aclaro suffered no critical wounds.

According to Senior Inspector Alex Velez of the Philippine National Police, Pullan managed to duck in time. The bullet merely grazed Pullan in the left eyebrow, while Aclaro suffered powder burns on his neck.

Velez said the motive behind the attack is still unknown.

The two broadcasters received first aid from a nearby hospital and were immediately released afterwards.

Aclaro and Pullan, who are also employees of the local municipal government, host “The Mayor’s Hour,” a radio block-time program of Estancia Mayor Rene Cordero. The show, which started airing in October, ceased broadcasting on 2 December, a day after the shooting.

It was not the first time Pullan was attacked. In 7 June 2005, two men shot at him using a homemade shotgun. Murder charges were filed against the suspects and the case is still pending in court. Velez said that attack stemmed from Pullan’s work as market inspector.

The MBC-Radyo Natin is not accredited with the self-regulatory body for the broadcast industry, Kapisan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), according to Iloilo KBP chair Eddie Lacsi. The KBP enforces standards in programming, advertising and trade practice through its Radio and Television Codes.

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