Aklan broadcaster escapes slay attempts


BY BOY RYAN B. ZABAL

KALIBO, Aklan – A broadcaster journalist survived an assassination attempt while on his way home Friday evening. He escaped unhurt.

Cherie “Katribung Che” Indelible, 35, has been receiving numerous death threats over the years, mainly on issues he tackles in his evening program “Bira-Birada” with Community Broadcast Information System (CBIS) 98.5 Hot FM, a government-owned community radio station.

The broadcaster was going home after watching the 4-cocks derby at the Aklan Sports Stadium around 11:30 p.m. Friday on his motorcycle when he was attacked by assailants near St. Jude Hospital at the corner of C. Laserna and F. Quimpo Streets, about 20 meters from his boarding house.

Indelible reported the incident to the Kalibo police station about 100 meters from his boarding house.

The police immediately went to the scene of the foiled assassination, but failed to apprehend the suspects. Police recovered two slugs and four fired cartridges of caliber 38 and .45 caliber pistols.

During the investigation, it was learned that the suspects fled towards the Ureta Bowling Place in C. Laserna Street. Three individuals were able to witness the incident and identified the suspects.

SPO4 Alfonso Manoba Jr. told reporters that the police are searching the two suspects – Miguel Salcedo and Jojo Garmino, both of Purok 6, C. Laserna Street, and a minor.
The suspects have criminal records and are involved in petty crimes, Manoba said. The police did not give any motive as to why the suspects shot at Indelible.

Aklan Police Director Senior Supt. Clarence Guinto called for an immediate and thorough investigation of the case and to arrest the suspects.

Four media organizations – Publishers Association of the Philippines, Inc., Aklan Press Club, Inc., Aklan United Media Association and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Aklan – strongly condemned the attack.

The condemnation was joined by the Aklan Police and Defense Press Corps, Aklan Media Forum, Aklan Sangguniang Panlalawigan Press Corps and the Press Photographers of the Philippines Aklan-Boracay Chapter.

The shooting incident is the third attack in Aklan on a media personality after two other journalists were killed – Agong Rolando Ureta of RMN DyKR in 2001 and Bombo Radyo Heherson Hinolan in 2004.

Ironically, the attempts on Indelible’s life happened a day before Ureta’s death anniversary.

Ureta was murdered on January 3, 2001 by two motorcycle riding gunmen in Brgy. Bagto, Lezo, Aklan, after his top-rated night program “Agong Nightwatch.”/PN

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