Philip Agustin, the editor and publisher of the weekly Starline Times Recorder, was gunned down on 10 May 2005 in Dingalan (in Aurora province, northeast of Manila). Aged 54, Augustin was inside the home of his daughter, Roseville Cruz, when a gunman fired through a window and then fled on a motorcycle. Agustin was killed by a single shot behind the left ear. His daughter did not get a chance to see the killers.
He had recently published articles about Dingalan mayor Jaime Ylarde, a former police officer who denied any involvement in the murder.