NUJP says killing of Butuan radio commentator not work-related

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews / 21 April) – The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines (NUJP) on Sunday said the killing Saturday of radio commentator Francis Patindol was “not work-related.”

“The NUJP has determined that the killing of Francis Patindol of Butuan City was not work-related,” it said in an e-mail to reporters.

“The count of work-related media killings remains 185 since 1986 and 12 under Duterte,” the NUJP said.

Patindol, a commentator of station DXJM, was stabbed Saturday morning, the NUJP’s Media Safety Office said in a news alert Saturday.

Citing reports, Patindol was with some companions outside the Alba Copy Center on Narra Road, Barangay New Society when the assailant stabbed him on the left side of his chest at around 10 a.m. then fled.

Patindol was rushed to the MJ Santos Hospital where he died.

DXBN Butuan on Saturday reported that the suspect “has been identified as Ola Saramsamen, a dispatcher of public utility jeepney.”

The state-owned Philippine Information Agency in Caraga identified the suspect as Ulating Macarampat Barapangcat aka Ola Saransan. (MindaNews)