Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Badrodin Abbas
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||January 2010|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Unconfirmed: Badrodin Abbas, January 2010, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/4e64967ac.html [accessed 11 July 2014]|
January 22, 2009, in Cotabato City, Philippines
Abbas was shot in the head by two motorcycle-riding assailants while he was driving a minivan in Cotabato City, according to local news reports. The journalist was a "block-time" commentator, leasing airtime and soliciting his own sponsors, the reports said. He died of a head wound, Police Chief Willie Dangane told reporters.
Dangane said the killing was captured on a closed-circuit video camera, according to news reports. He initially told reporters that Abbas' work may have been a motive, but later said the murder was more likely a result of mistaken identity.
Abbas had established a reputation for hard-hitting commentaries, which included recent pieces on a proposed peace deal between the government and a Muslim rebel group known as the Moro Islamic Liberation Front, according to press reports. The two sides had engaged in an on-and-off armed conflict for nearly four decades.