An anchor of a radio station in Kidapawan City, North Cotabato province, was shot dead late Wednesday night, July 10.
Eduardo “Ed” Dizon of 97.5 Brigada News FM was driving home to Tejada Subdivision in Makilala town after hosting his “Tira Brigada” program when two men on a motorcycle opened fire on him along Quezon Boulevard near the Colegio de Kidapawan around 10:35 p.m., the local chapter of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.
Dizon managed to steer his car to the side of the road but died from five gunshots to the body, the NUJP said, quoting Kidapawan chief of police Lieutenant Colonel Maria Joyce Birrey.
The victim used to be the station manager until last year when he made an unsuccessful run for councilor in Makilala.
Prior to joining Brigada, he also anchored a public affairs program for Notre Dame Broadcasting Corporation’s DXND Radyo Bida and was a DJ for DXDM FM.
If his murder is determined to be connected to his work, Dizon would be the 13th journalist killed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the 186th since 1986.