June 2009 Crispin
Perez Jr., a pro-peasant lawyer
and radio broadcaster, was shot
dead by an unidentified
Perez Jr., was a radio commentator
at the local government-owned FM radio station dwDO
in San Jose City, Occidental Mindoro province, in San Jose in the central
Philippines . He was the former Occidental
Mindoro vice governor (July 1992 to July 1995).
had just come home from his daily morning program Sa
Totoo Lang ("In Truth
Only") over the local DWDO station, when he was
shot to death with a .45 caliber revolver
by a lone gunman who pretended to seek his legal advice outside his house in
Mindoro Occidental's San Jose city.. The latter
fled the crime scene
on a motorcycle.
was declared dead on arrival at the local hospital.
July 2. 2009, two
major news websites reported that a policeman
was slapped with murder charges for the
killing of governor Crispin
Perez Jr. Darwin R. Quimoyog
at the Magsaysay
police station in Mindoro
Occidental, was positively
identified by the victim’s
wife, Irene Sungao-Perez,
as the one who shot her husband twice last June 9 in San Jose town.
The suspect was placed
under the custody of
Office 4-B-MIMAROPA at Camp Eugenio Navarro in Calapan City, Oriental Mindoro.
The media freedom
center said 78 journalists
have been killed in the line of duty since democracy was restored in the Philippines after
the ouster of dictator
Ferdinand Marcos in 1986.
New York-based Committee
to Protect Journalists
has cited the Philippines as one of 14
countries where violence against
the press often goes unsolved and unpunished. Others on the list are Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Iraq, Brazil, Sierra Leone, Somalia,
Colombia, Afghanistan, Nepal,
Russia, Mexico, Bangladesh and India
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