Radio anchor shot dead in Kidapawan

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Radio anchor shot dead in Kidapawan

Kidapawan City (CNN Philippines, July 11) — The police are investigating the death of a veteran radio commentator in Kidapawan City who was gunned down on Wednesday.

Eduardo "Ed" Dizon, a radio anchor of Brigada News FM, was on his way home from his nightly show when he was shot dead inside his car by the gunmen onboard a motorcycle.

Dizon, a former councilor of the municipality of Makilala, sustained five gunshot wounds on his body, which led to his death.

Kidapawan City Police Chief Lieutenant Colonel Joyce Birrey said the radioman went to her office last week to report threats to his life. The police chief confirmed the threats had something to do with his work as a journalist.

If his murder is determined to be connected to his work, Dizon would be the 13th journalist killed under the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte and the 186th since 1986.

The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) has sent a team from its Region XII office to coordinate with local authorities and investigate the incident.

"A media that can operate without fear of violence and suppression is a sign of a healthy, functioning democracy. The continuous rise of media killings and harassment is alarming and needs to be addressed before more lives are lost," CHR Spokesperson Jacqueline De Guia said in a statement.

Stringer Abner Francisco contributed to this report.