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Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Confirmed: Eldy Sablas (aka Eldy Gabinales)

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2005
Cite as Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2004 - Motive Confirmed: Eldy Sablas (aka Eldy Gabinales), January 2005, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e6495b0c.html [accessed 13 July 2014]
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Radio DXJR-FM
October 19, 2004, in Tandag, Philippines

An unidentified assailant shot Sablas three times from behind at about 10 a.m. as the radio commentator rode a three-wheeled motorcycle away from a supermarket in Surigao del Sur Province on the southern island of Mindanao.

Local journalists noted that Sablas, who hosted "Singgit sa mga Lungsuranon" (Cry of the People) on Radio DXJR-FM, was a strident critic of the drug trade and illegal gambling. Regional Police Chief Rene Elumbaring told The Associated Press that police were investigating the murder, which occurred in the town of Tandag, 510 miles (820 kilometers) southeast of the capital, Manila.

Local sources told CPJ that Sablas was likely killed in retaliation for his hard-hitting commentary about illegal gambling.

Medium:Radio
Job:Broadcast Reporter
Beats Covered:Crime
Gender:Male
Local or Foreign:Local
Freelance:No
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Criminal Group
Impunity:Yes
Taken Captive:No
Tortured:No
Threatened:No

 

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