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Work angle eyed in killing of Surigao Sur radioman

Lozada was the fifth radio journalists to be killed in Surigao del Sur since 2009. Photo grabbed from Chris Lozada FB account.

A gun attack on Tuesday night that left radio station manager Christopher Lozada of Prime FM dead could be work-related, police said.

“Lozada being hard commentator ay nagkaroon ng bangayan sa kapwa nya mga media din na posible kampi sa ibang politiko na hindi kaalyado si Lozada. In fact, sa mga respective radio programs nagbabangayan mga yan. Aside also from being work related we are also investigating other angles in the killing,” Chief Insp. Joseph Jementiza, deputy police chief of Bislig said.

Lozada, 29, was heading home in his Toyota Vios with his girlfriend, Honey Faith Indog, 19, at about 9 p.m., when unidentified gunmen on a van opened fire on his car in Barangay Coleto in Bislig City.

He died on the spot while his female companion was wounded and was being treated at a local hospital.

Lozada was the fifth radio journalists to be killed in Surigao del Sur since 2009.

Lozada, aside from being a manager, also hosted Prime’s daily public affairs program “Kuskos-Batikos.”.

Prior to the killing, Lozada’s colleagues said the victim had been making stinging commentaries against Bislig Mayor Librado Navarro.

Lozada, in his post on the social networking site Facebook, posted the death threats he had been receiving and sent through text messages .

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security on Wednesday vowed to to give justice and put to jail the person behind the killing.

Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, executive director of the PTFoMS, said a “special investigation task group” has been formed to focus on the case and that the
agency will be closely monitoring the investigation into the killing of Lozada.

“There’ll be no stone left unturned,” he told Bombo Radio-Butuan. By Ben Serrano and CLC

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