Elpidio "Ely" Binoya, 49, a radio journalist known for outspoken political commentary on local Radyo Natin in Malongon who was also the radio station’s manager, was returning to Malongon from the nearby city of General Santos by moped when he was gunned down by two persons on another moped on 17 June 2004. He died instantly after being shot him three times in the back.
"Some hit-men have been arrested for previous murders of journalists but the instigators have never been brought to justice," Reporters Without Borders complained in a letter to interior minister José Lima. "As a result, the Filipino judicial authorities allow the instigators to continue silencing their press critics with complete impunity."
Binoya had just brought a complaint against three associates of Malongon mayor Teodorico Padernilla, who had often been the target of corruption allegations by Binoya. He said in the complaint that the three men - Kolot Padernilla (the mayor’s nephew), Bobot Toreta and man know as "Balong" - had attacked him physically on 7 June. He also said he had received death threats on several occasions.