Herson Hinolan, commentator and director of Bombo Radyo in Kalibo, on Panay Island in the centre of the country, died in hospital on 15 November 2004 two days after an unidentified gunman opened fire on him leaving him with seven bullet wounds to his body and legs. He was out for the evening with friends, who were unhurt. The gunman escaped.
The motive for the murder was not known but the radio station’s editorial chief Ernie Zamboang said it could have been linked to issues raised by Hinolan on his daily show "Bombohanay Bigtime". Hinolan, nicknamed "Bombo Boy", had spoken out against illegal gaming and exposed protection of traffickers by some members of the military.