Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Unconfirmed: Mario Vendiola Baylosis
|Publisher||Committee to Protect Journalists|
|Publication Date||1 March 2014|
|Cite as||Committee to Protect Journalists, Journalists Killed in 2013 - Motive Unconfirmed: Mario Vendiola Baylosis, 1 March 2014, available at: http://www.refworld.org/docid/5333e8e212.html [accessed 21 September 2017]|
Radyo Natin and DXNC-Radyo Suhnan
April 22, 2013, in Mindanao, Philippines
Baylosis, 33, was killed by two unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle in the town of Kabasalan in the southern province of Zamboanga Sibugay as he was heading home from work also on a motorcycle, news reports said.
Baylosis, who was known on his radio show as Kuya Mar, worked as an announcer for Radyo Natin, which covers news and entertainment. He also worked as a news correspondent for DXNC-Radyo Suhnan in the municipality of Siay, according to news reports citing DXNC station manager Jerry Kimos.
Baylosis had just completed his 10 a.m. radio broadcast and was headed home when the assailants shot him three times in the chest. He died on the way to a local hospital, reports said. The attackers fled the scene in the direction of the town of Ipil, according to regional police spokesman Ariel Huesca.
It is unclear whether Baylosis had covered any sensitive stories prior to his death, but police said the murder could have been related to a love affair. Senior Inspector Rico Pondol told news media that Baylosis had reported a death threat in the past and that police were investigating the murder.
Huesca said the journalist handled a daily entertainment program, according to the local Sun Star. The newspaper said Baylosis was not a hard-hitting commentator.
No individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.
Motive Unconfirmed: CPJ is investigating to determine whether the death was work-related.