Radio broadcaster in Dumaguete shot dead
Few hours after the ABS-CBN company went off the air, Rex Cornelio Pepino, a journalist and radio broadcaster in Dumaguete, was shot dead Tuesday night.
Rex Cornelio Pepino or “Rex Cornelio” is the third radio journalist to be killed in Dumaguete City since 2018.
Based on a report from the Dumaguete City Police Department, Cornelio was shot before 9 pm at Villa Amada, North Road, in Barangay Daro, Dumaguete City.
According to a source close to the victim, he was riding his motorcycle with his wife when he was shot dead by unidentified suspects who were also riding another motorcycle.
Cornelio has two gunshots on his chest, another one on the head, one on the shoulder, and one on his left wrist.
He was rushed to the Silliman University Medical Center and was pronounced dead on arrival.
The local police are still investigating the motive of the killing.
Cornelio’s killing comes only two days after World Press Freedom Day and according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, he’s the 16th journalist killed since President Rodrigo Duterte assumed office in 2016, and the 188th since 1986.
The Philippines, according to the New York-based media watchdog Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ), is the fifth deadliest country for media professionals with the highest number of unsolved killings.