07 March 2013
IFJ Calls for Urgent Action After Another Journalist is Shot in the Philippines
March 7, 2013
Jun Valdecantos, a reporter for a local publication in Cavite, was shot in Bacoor City, 15km southwest of Manila, on 6 March.
Two unidentified men fired shots at Valdecantos, at around 9:20 a.m., along Aguinaldo Highway near DSM Subdivision, Barangay (village) Mambog I, said Officer Angelito Roxas of Bacoor Police. The assailants wore a black jackets and were on-board a black motorcycle. Valdecantos sustained two gunshot wounds to the back and was immediately rushed to the Medical Center Imus for treatment. Officer Roxas said Valdecantos is currently in stable condition. Valdecantos who is currently a reporter for Cavite Exposed, had previously worked as reporter for tabloids People’s Tonight and Imbestigador and is a member of the National Press Club.
Roxas said no motive has yet been established behind the shooting however, Bacoor police head Superintendent Ronald Mendoza was quoted in a report by radio dzBB's Manny Vargas as saying that they are not discounting the possibility the shooting could be related to the vicitm’s work in media.
“We are deeply concerned by the ongoing shootings which highlights the extreme dangers journalists in the Philippines face. 15 journalists have been killed in the Philippines since President Benigno Aquino III assumed the presidency in June 2010. The IFJ demands the government of the Philippines immediately launch an independent investigation into this most recent shooting, bring the perpetrators to justice. ” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.