Reporters Without Borders is worried by a murder attempt on radio journalist Cherie “Katribung Che” Indelible on 2 January in Kalibo, in Aklan province (in the northwest of the Visayas region). Indelible works for local state-owned radio dyYM (Community Broadcasting Information System) as news director and programme host.
“With five journalists murdered, 2008 was one of the bloodiest years ever for the media in the Philippines, especially for radio presenters,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities must ensure that Indelible is protected and must redouble their efforts to rein in the violence against the press.”
Indelible was approaching his home on his motorcycle when he heard two gunshots apparently fired in his direction. He managed to enter his home and immediately called the police. When he ventured outside a few minutes later, two more shots were fired and he sought refuge inside a hospital located a few metres from his home.
The police found bullets and cartridges from .38 and .45 calibre guns near the house but did not catch the gunmen. However, they arrested three alleged accomplices who named two men as suspects. Both are reputedly involved in criminal activities in the area.
Indelible said he thought the murder attempt was linked to comments he made on the air. He
received threats last year, mainly in connection with subjects discussed in his evening programme “Bira-Birada.”