A radio commentator was stabbed to death at Brgy. Himocdongon in Mabinay town, Negros Oriental, Sunday night, September 18.
He was identified as Rey Blanco, a resident of Bais City and an anchorman of Power 102.1 DYRY RFM, a radio station in Mabinay.
The victim went to the house of Wilbert Amada, who is the brother of the suspect identified as Charles Amada, when he was stabbed in the neck, an initial police investigation report said.
Police said the victim was attacked from behind by the suspect without any reason.
The victim was rushed to Mabinay Community Hospital but he did not make it.
The suspect surrendered to the authorities and is now detained at the custodial facility of the Mabinay police.
Police are looking at grudges as the motive for the killing.
Meanwhile, Power 102.1 DYRY RFM, in a statement, said that the loss of a seasoned and caring commentator does not mean the end of his advocacy to defend the oppressed and abused people, especially the poor.
Killing is forbidden in the Constitution and in the laws of God. Therefore, it is appropriate that the person who committed this heinous crime be held accountable and punished appropriately, it added.
“There is no democracy without independent media. If you silence the journalists, you silence the voice of democracy,” it stressed.*