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Rico Ramirez, dzSF
20 August 2003

Radio journalist Rico Ramirez was killed apparently by the drug underworld he had criticised, in the town of San Francisco, in the Philippines province of Agusan del Sur (northern Mindanao island).

Ramirez, who worked for the radio station dzSF, was shot dead by two gunmen, who fired at him from behind about 100 metres from the radio station. Radio manager Max Tutor, who saw what happened, said police had not found any clues so far. But Ramirez’ recent criticism of local organised crime and drug traffickers suggested these circles were responsible.