A radio host Juan Jumalon, has been shot dead while live streaming his program on Facebook, at his home in the southern Philippines on Sunday.
This has prompted a hunt for his killers and condemnation from the country’s president.
According to a statement from the MisamisOccidental Police Department, the incident happened at around 5:35 a.m. when the perpetrator entered the station and shot Jumalon in the face.
The statement said he was pronounced dead at the hospital.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in a statement on X, formerly Twitter, said the broadcaster, Juan Jumalon, also known as “DJ Johnny Walker,” was shot by unidentified assailants in a “brazen killing,”
“The attack is even more condemnable since it happened at Jumalon’s own home, which also served as the radio station,” it said, adding that Jumalon is the fourth media worker killed since President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. came to power last June.
Jumalon’s broadcasts is usually aired on the Facebook page 94.7 Gold Mega Calamba FM, a Visayan-language station with about 2,900 followers, and callers to the show regularly discussed a wide range of topics from relationships to neighborhood issues.
Sunday’s live stream is no longer on Facebook but video clips of the incident circulating online show Jumalon pausing and looking away from the camera before two apparent gun shots were heard.
Reports say at least three suspects have been identified, including two people who entered the house and a getaway driver.