'A concerning trend': UNESCO condemns Mindoro journalist slay

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, June 3) — The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has condemned the killing of radio broadcaster Cresenciano Aldovino Bunduquin, citing his coverage of local environmental issues in Calapan, Oriental Mindoro.

"I condemn the killing of Cresenciano Bunduquin and urge the authorities to pursue those responsible and ensure they are brought to justice," UNESCO director general Audrey Azoulay said in a statement.

"The continued targeting of journalists reporting on environmental issues represents a particularly concerning trend for freedom of expression," she added.

Bunduquin was killed on May 31 by two gunmen on a motorcycle. He was shot four times.

READ: Oriental Mindoro radio broadcaster shot dead 

He was a radio program host of "Balita at Talakayan," which aired on radio stations DWXR 101.7 Kalahi FM and MUX Online Radio.

According to reports, Bunduquin received death threats related to his coverage of local environmental issues.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) in Region IV-B is investigating the killing of Bunduquin.

"CHR decries this latest incident of brazen media killing," the agency said Thursday in a statement.

"It is incumbent upon the State to ensure the resolution of all media killings and harassment to curb impunity and create an enabling environment for press freedom," it added.

In an earlier report, UNESCO reported 86 journalists were killed worldwide in 2022. Four were from the Philippines, including Jaynard Angeles, Federico "Ding" Gempesaw, Renato Blanco and Percival "Percy Lapid" Mabasa.

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