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Arroyo rule: 44 journalists have been murdered

Six journalists have been killed in the Philippines this year and 43 since Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo came to power in 2001, more than those killed under the 14-year Marcos dictatorship, according to the National Union of Journalists Philippines (NUJP). The Philippines was second only to Iraq in the number of journalists who died there last year. This year too the ranking remains unchanged.

STOP THE KILLINGS: Demonstrators march to protest against the government's failure to stop a spate of murders of leftist activists and journalists in Manila June 12, 2006 . Some human rights advocates and leftist groups have blamed the government for the killings and disappearances of more than journalists and activists since President Gloria Macapagal Arroyo assumed power in 2001. The government denies the allegations. (Reuters/Romeo Ranoco)

NUJP note: This list is based on the databases of NUJP, the Centre for Media Freedom and Responsibility, and the defunct Philippine Movement for Press Freedom, which monitored press freedom violations in the ’80s. The list contains only those journalists who were killed – or were most likely killed – because of their journalism work. In cases where it is not clear whether the death was work-related, or when the authorities could not ascertain the motives behind the killing, NUJP shall assume that the killing was work-related, unless future evidence points to the contrary.

Filipino journalists killed since 1986

  1. Pete F. Mabazza; Manila Bulletin; April 24, 1986
  2. Wilfredo “Willy” Vicoy; Reuters; April 24, 1986
  3. Florante “Boy” de Castro; DXCP/General Santos City; 1986
  4. Dionisio Perpetuo Joaquin; Olongapo News; April 12, 1987
  5. Narciso Balani; DXRA / Davao City; August 27, 1987
  6. Rogie Zagado; DXRA / Davao City; August 27, 1987
  7. Leo Palo; DXRA / Davao City; August 27, 1987
  8. Martin Castor; Pilipino Ngayon; August 28, 1987
  9. Ramon Noblejas; DYVL/Tacloban City; August 28, 1987
  10. Noel Miranda; Mindanao Scanner; March 29, 1988
  11. Ruben R. Manrique; Luzon Tribune/Bataan; August 12, 1988
  12. Josef Aldeguer Nava; Visayan Life Today/lloilo; 0ctober 30, 1988
  13. Severino Arcones; DYFM-Radyo Bombo/ lloilo; 0ctober 17, 1989
  14. Eddie Telan; Newscaster/Manila; December 1, 1989
  15. Reynaldo Catindig Sr.; Northern Sierra Madre Express/Isabela; May 15, 1990
  16. Jean Ladringan; Southern Star/General Santos City; July 8, 1990
  17. Nesino Paulin Toling; Panguil Bay Monitor/ Ozamiz; April 14, 1991
  18. Danilo Vergara; Philippine Post; July 1, 1992
  19. Ladjid Ladja; Prensa Zamboanga; JuIy 3, 1992
  20. Rev. Greg Hapalla; DXAS/Zamboanga; September 21, 1992
  21. Gloria Martin; DXXX/ Isabela Basilan; December 30, 1992
  22. Romeo Andrada Legaspi; Voice of Zambales; January 11, 1993
  23. Rosauro Lao; Cotabato News; November 22, 1993
  24. Ding Sade; Cotabato News; November 22, 1993
  25. Ferdinand Reyes; Press Freedom/Dipolog City; February 12, 1996
  26. Alberto Berbon; DZMM / Manila; December 15, 1996
  27. Evelyn Joy Militante; GMA Channel 2 / Legazpi City; 1997
  28. Daniel J. Hernandez; People’s Journal Tonight / Manila; June 3, 1997
  29. Regalado Mabazza; Polaris cable network; December 17, 1997
  30. Odilon Mallari; DXCP / General Santos City; February 1998
  31. Rey Bancairin; DXLL / Zamboanga City; March 29, 1998
  32. Nelson Catipay; DXMY/ Cotabato; April 16, 1998
  33. Dominador “Dom” Bentulan; DXGS / General Santos City; October 30, 1998
  34. Frank Palma; Bombo Radyo / Bacolod; April 25, 1999
  35. Vincent Rodriguez; DZMM / Pampanga; May 23, 2000
  36. Olimpio Jalapit; DXPR / Pagadian City; November 17, 2000
  37. Rolando Ureta; DYKR / Kalibo, Aklan; January 3, 2001
  38. Muhammad Yusop; DXID / Pagadian City; February 24, 2001
  39. Candelario Cayona; DXLL / Zamboanga City; May 30, 2001
  40. Joy Mortel; Mindoro Guardian; May 31, 2001
  41. Benjaline “Beng” Hernandez; CEGP / Davao; April 5, 2002
  42. Edgar Damalerio; DXKP, Zamboanga Scribe, Mindanao Gold Star / Pagadian City; May 13, 2002
  43. Sonny Alcantara; Kokus, Celestron Cable TV / San Pablo City; August 22, 2002
  44. John Belen Villanueva Jr.; DZGB /Legazpi City; April 28, 2003
  45. Apolinario “Polly” Pobeda; DWTI / Lucena City; May 17, 2003
  46. Bonifacio Gregorio; Dyaryo Banat / Tarlac; July 8, 2003
  47. Noel Villarante; The Laguna Score/DZJV; August 19, 2003
  48. Rico Ramirez; DXSF/Butuan City; August 20, 2003
  49. Juan “Jun” Pala; DXGO/Davao City; September 6, 2003
  50. Nelson Nadura; DYME/Masbate City; December 2, 2003
  51. Rowel Endrinal; DZRC/Legazpi City; February 11, 2004
  52. Elpidio “Ely” Binoya; Radyo Natin / General Santos City; June 17, 2004
  53. Roger Mariano; DZJC-Aksyon Radio/ Laoag; July 31, 2004
  54. Arnnel Manalo; DZRH/Bulgar/Batangas; August 5, 2004
  55. Jonathan Abayon; RGMA Superadyo/ General Santos City; August 8, 2004
  56. Fernando Consignado; Radio Veritas / Laguna; August 12, 2004
  57. Romy Binungcal; Remate / Bataan; September 29, 2004
  58. Eldy Gabinales (Eldy Sablas); DXJR-FM / Tandag, Surigao del Sur; October 19, 2004
  59. Gene Boyd Lumawag; MindaNews / Jolo, Sulu; November 12, 2004
  60. Herson Hinolan; Bombo Radyo / Kalibo, Aklan; November 13, 2004
  61. Michael Llorin; Freelance photojournalist/ Manila; November 13, 2004
  62. Allan Dizon; Freeman Cebu and Banat News / Cebu; November 27, 2004
  63. Stephen Omaois; Guru News Weekly / Kalinga; December 1, 2004
  64. Edgar Amoro; Freelance broadcaster / Pagadian City; February 2, 2005
  65. Arnulfo Villanueva; Asian Star Express Balita / Naic, Cavite; February 28, 2005
  66. Romeo Sanchez; DZNL, Baguio; March 9, 2005
  67. Marlene Garcia Esperat; The Midland Review / Tacurong City; March 24, 2005
  68. Klein Cantoneros; DXAA-FM / Dipolog City; May 4, 2005
  69. Philip Agustin; Starline Times Recorder / Dingalan, Aurora; May 10, 2005
  70. Rolando Morales; DWMD-Radio Mindanao Network, South Cotabato; July 3, 2005
  71. Ricardo “Ding” Uy; DZRS-AM Sorsogon City; November 18, 2005
  72. Robert Ramos; Katapat, Laguna; November 21, 2005
  73. George Benaojan; DYDD, Cebu City; December 2, 2005
  74. Rolly Cañete; DXPR, Pagadian City; January 20, 2006
  75. Graciano Aquino; Central Luzon Forum, Bataan; January 21, 2006
  76. Orlando Mendoza; Tarlac Profile / Tarlac Patrol; April 2, 2006
  77. Nicolas Cervantes; Surigao; May 2, 2006
  78. Albert Orsolino; Saksi Ngayon; May 16, 2006
  79. Fernando “Dong” Batul; DYPR Puerto Princesa, Palawan; May 22, 2006
  80. George Vigo; Union of Catholic Asian News / Midao; June 19, 2006
  81. Macel Alave-Vigo; Union of Catholic Asian News / Midao; June 19, 2006
Date posted: June 21, 2006 Date modified: May 23, 2018 Total views: 20