A commentator of a radio station in Butuan City died after he was stabbed by a still unknown assailant Saturday morning, April 20, 2019, according to National Union of Journalists in the Philippines.
The Butuan police said said that Fancis Patindol of station dxJM was with companions outside the Alba Copy Center on Narra Road, Barangay New Society , when he was stabbed in the left side of his chest around 10 a.m.
The assailant immediately fled.
Patindol was rushed to the MJ Santos Hospital but soon passed away due to the critical strike.
The motive for Patindol's murder remains unknown.
According to NUJP in a Facebook post, “But if proven to be work-related, he would be the 187th journalist killed in the line of duty the country since 1986 and the 13th under President Rodrigo Duterte.”
Recently, the Philippines has slipped further on the World Press Freedom Index of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF).
The country sank a notch lower to the 134th spot out of 180 countries. The Philippines had a score of 43.91.
In 2018, the Philippines ranked 133rd, which was six notches lower than the country’s 2017 ranking 127th spot.
Photo credits: Philippine Star