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Bacolod City, Philippines Thursday, January 3, 2019
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Witness in broadcaster’s slay afraid


A lone witness in the fatal shooting of a broadcaster on December 28 in La Libertad, Negros Oriental, appears to be hesitant to cooperate with the investigation of the police.

Citing security reasons, Senior Inspector Danilo Santillan, La Libertad police chief,  said that that the witness, whose identity he has withheld, fears for his life

Gabriel “Gabby” Alboro, 50, a radio announcer of DYJL in Guihulngan City, Negros Oriental, succumbed to multiple gunshot wounds, after he was gunned down by two suspects at Barangay Poblacion, La Libertad,Negros Oriental.

Alboro, 50, was the third broadcaster killed in Negros Island this year. Radio anchorman Edmond Sestoso was gunned down in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental, and Julius Broce Barellano, a volunteer radio reporter in San Carlos City, Negros Occidental.

Santillan said the witness, who is employed in a cockpit, witnessed the heated altercation between Alboro and a person over bets in a derby. But the witness is hesitant to cooperate in their investigation as he may get the ire of the suspects.

He ruled out that the killing Alboro, an independent candidate for councilor in Guihulngan City, was related to politics or the insurgency.

Santillan said he believes that the shooting of Alboro was triggered by personal grudges, citing the incident at the cockpit arena in La Libertad town, where the victim and an unidentified person figured in heated argument, Santillan said.

The police recovered empty shells of a .45 caliber pistol and a fired cartridge of 9mm pistol at the scene of incident.

Santillan said they are also following up on another witness, who may be able to shed light on the killing of Alboro.*


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