Reporter fatally shot in “encounter” with soldiers in the Philippines

first_img Organisation However, when Villamor and the surveyors arrived at Matanglad, they were blocked by a group of soldiers. What Villamor pulled out at this point was not a firearm but a phone with which to call the police with the aim of resolving the problem. But the soldiers opened fire, killing him on the spot. RSF_en News Ronnie Villamor is the fourth Philippine journalist to be killed this year (image: NUJP – RSF). to go further But his colleagues gave an entirely different version of events. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Villamor, who was based in Masbate and freelanced for various media outlets on the island, had gone to cover a land survey in a locality known as Matanglad to be carried out by four surveyors at the landowner’s request. Villamor even told the local police in advance that the survey was going to take place. News Receive email alerts News “The investigation’s initial findings clearly show that Ronnie Villamor was the victim of a terrible military blunder,” said Daniel Bastard, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk. “So that no one can protect those responsible for the shooting by eliminating evidence or testimony, we urge the Philippine authorities to appoint a fully independent team to investigate this shocking murder.” PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago June 1, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Help by sharing this information Villamor was the fourth Philippine journalist to be killed this year. Just four days before his murder, radio presenter Virgilio Maganes was gunned down by two men on a motor scooter outside his home in Villasis, in the northern province of Pangasinan, on the morning of 10 November. News Deadly blunder November 18, 2020 Reporter fatally shot in “encounter” with soldiers in the Philippines Reporters Without Borders (RSF) calls for a fully independent investigation into how freelance reporter Ronnie Villamor came to be fatally shot by soldiers when about to cover a survey of a disputed piece of land in the island province of Masbate, in the central Philippines. Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa According to the local police, whose account is – at the very least – controversial, Ronnie Villamor was shot at around 1:30 p.m. on 14 November in the municipality of Milagros when he allegedly pulled out a firearm during an “encounter” with soldiers. Follow the news on Philippines May 3, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2021 Find out more The Philippines is ranked 136th out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists Violence last_img

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