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Journalists Killed in 2009 - Motive Confirmed: Crispin Perez

Publisher Committee to Protect Journalists
Publication Date January 2010
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DWDO Radio
June 9, 2009, in San Jose, Philippines

An unidentified attacker stabbed and fatally shot Perez in San Jose, province of Mindoro Occidental, according to local and international news reports.

The attack took place after Perez's morning show on local DWDO Radio, according to the reports. The perpetrator pretended to seek advice from the journalist, killed him during their conversation, then fled on a motorcycle, according to the reports. Perez, a lawyer and former politician, was declared dead at a local hospital.

Perez's widow, who witnessed the attack, identified a local police official – who is also a bodyguard for a local politician – as the gunman, according to the local press freedom group Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. Local journalists believe Perez was killed because his radio program had discussed irregularities in local mining and electricity projects.

Job:Columnist / Commentator
Beats Covered:Corruption
Local or Foreign:Local
Type of Death:Murder
Suspected Source of Fire:Government Officials
Taken Captive:No


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