Journalist in critical condition after attack

MANILA: A Philippines radio journalist was in critical condition yesterday after being shot by a lone gunman in the latest in a series of violent attacks on journalists in recent days. 

Jun Abayon, who works for GMA radio in southern General Santos city, was apparently shot after an argument with the suspected gunman while inside the car of a mutual friend, police said. 

Investigators said it was too early to say if the attack was related to Abayon's work as a journalist, adding that they were searching for the suspected gunman, who fled after the attack. 

Abayon was just the latest journalist to be attacked in the Philippines, where unlicensed firearms proliferate and where local politicians employ armed bodyguards. 

Three journalists have been killed so far this year, the latest of whom was newspaper and radio reporter Arnel Manalo who was shot dead in Batangas province, south of Manila, last week. 

Crusading radio commentator Rogelio Mariano was killed on July 31 after completing a broadcast over Radyo Natin-Radio Aksyon. – AFP  

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