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Klein Cantoneros, DXAA
4 May 2005

Klein Cantoneros, a presenter on radio DXAA, died on 4 May 2005 in Dipolog, on Mindanao Island, hours after gunmen opened fire on him in the street as he was on his way home.

Three gunmen caught Cantoneros in a hail of fire overnight on 3-4 May as he was returning home on his motorbike. Police. who were quickly on the scene, found the journalist in a critical condition, holding a calibre 45 gun in his hand with which he had tried to defend himself. He died of his wounds several hours later at the Dipolog medical centre.

Cantoneros was an outspoken critic of the local authorities. The presenter of a programme he financed himself on Radio DXAA, he had received several death threats, some sent by text message.