Broadcaster Shot Dead in Agusan

MANILA — A motorcycle-riding gunman shot and killed a radio blocktimer in Brgy. Poblacion in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur.

The victim, 43-year-old Jonathan Petalvero, sustained a lone gunshot wound on the head from a .45 caliber pistol and was brought to the New Bayugan Doctors Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

News reports state the killing occurred on June 27 but PO2 Alan Conson of Bayugan police said their records show that it happened on June 25. Another account states that the killing happened on June 26.

Petalvero, who hosted the morning radio program “Balita at Komentaryo” in the local station dxFM “Frenster Radio,” was also a barangay (village) councilor.

According to PO2 Alan Conson, Petalvero was in a restaurant in the town of Bayugan at around 7:30 in the evening when the suspect came in and fired at him. Witnesses say the suspect then boarded a motorcycle and sped away.

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Conson said there are no leads yet as to the motives for the killing or its mastermind. No sketch of the suspect has yet been released as witnesses say the gunman was wearing a ski mask, he added.

Radio station dxFM is owned by Bayugan Vice Mayor Genesis Efren who, according to reports, plans to run for city mayor in the 2010 elections against the son of incumbent Mayor Magdalena Asis.

Initial reports also state Petalvero was planning to run for either city council or vice mayor under Efren’s political party.

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