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Edgar Amoro, Radio DXKP
2 February 2005

Edgar Amoro, a key witness to the murder of his friend, journalist Edgar Damalerio, was shot dead in Pagadian, in the southern isIand of Mindanao on 2 February 2005. A journalist with local radio DXKP was under a justice ministry witness protection scheme. He is the second witness to be killed by accomplices of the chief suspect, ex-police officer, Guillermo Wapile.

Amoro and his family had lived in fear since 13 May 2002, and had survived numerous attempts on their lives. Amoro was shot dead at point blank range by two men as he left a high school in Pagadian where he taught English. He died in hospital shortly afterwards.

Amoro was travelling in a car with Edgar Damalerio when he was murdered on 13 May 2002. He told Reporters Without Borders several times that he was determined, despite the threats, to give evidence at the trial. He had recently identified Guillermo Wapile as Damalerio’s killer. The ex-police officer gave himself up to police in Pagadian on 12 September 2004. He was brought before the press the next day and the highest authorities welcomed the arrest in this now symbolic case.