Radio broadcaster shot dead in Misamis Occidental four years after assassination attempt

CMFR/Philippines – Four years after surviving an assassination attempt, a radio broadcaster was shot dead in front of a shopping center in Ozamis City, Misamis Occidental province on 27 August 2015. Misamis Occidental is 758 kilometers south of Manila.

Unidentified men shot dead dxOC broadcaster Cosme Maestrado in front of the Quality Shopping Center on Rizal Street, Ozamis city. Maestrado sustained three gunshot wounds in the head. He was rushed to Medina General Hospital but was declared dead on arrival.

Two motorcycles, allegedly the getaway vehicles of the assailants, were recovered in the crime scene.

The Ozamis city police refrained from giving information as the investigation is ongoing.

Maestrado anchored the commentary program Ratsada aired daily from 5:00 a.m. to 6:00 a.m. His colleagues in dxOC said that the killing might be work-related.

Delia Rosal, dxOC anchor and president of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) in Misamis Occidental, said that the media community in the province mourn the death of Maestrado. Rosal also said that the provincial KBP condemns the said killing “to the highest degree.”

This was not the first time that someone attempted to kill Maestrado. CMFR reported in 2011 that Maestrado was driving to work when unidentified men onboard several motorcycles surrounded his car and fired at him at the corner of Maningcol Highway and Bacolod street in Gango village. The assailant missed, and Maestrado even managed to return fire.

Maestrado is the third journalist killed in the Philippines this August. His murder came after the killing of two journalists in Davao del Norte and in Sorsogon on August 18 and 19 respectively. If proven work-related, the killing of Maestrado will be the 150th case of a journalist killed in the line of duty since 1986, and the 29th under the administration of President Benigno Aquino III.