Radio blocktimer killed in Digos

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/23 May) — An employee of the city government who served as anchor of a blocktime radio program was shot dead early Friday morning in Digos City, as he was leaving the public market for home.

The Philippine Information Agency (PIA) in Southern Mindanao quoted Digos City Police Desk Officer on duty SPO2 Ali Dugasa as saying that radio blocktimer Sammy Oliverio, 57 “sustained gunshot wound in the head that caused his instant death. “

PIA-XI quoted Radyo Ukay station manager Ramon Sibya as saying Oliverio was a city government-paid blocktimer airing a program over Radyo Ukay and a few other radio stations in Digos City.

Sibya told PIA-XI that Oliverio was no longer anchoring the radio program due to health reasons.

Oliverio reportedly suffered a stroke a month ago.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said the victim was shot by two men who did not bother to cover their faces.

NUJP said his colleagues in Digos described Oliverio as being vocal on local politics and against the proliferation of illegal gambling and illegal drugs in the city. (MindaNews)