Fri, Mar 25, 2011 - Page 5 News List

Radio host shot dead in Manila, motive probed


A female radio host was shot dead in the Philippine capital yesterday, the second murder of a journalist in the country this year, police said.

Manila radio station DZME named the victim as 44-year-old married mother-of-three Marlina Flores Sumera, who it said hosted a public service show and was on her way to work when killed.

“The broadcaster’s relatives believe a land dispute was the motive behind the crime,” the station said on its Web site, but it did not elaborate.

The station said Sumera’s radio show focused on helping poor members of society and did not deal in the kind of political commentary that has frequently got other journalists in the Philippines killed.

National police spokesman Agrimero Cruz said at least one gunman attacked Sumera on a street of a Manila suburb, but gave few other details. No arrests have been made and the motive for the attack is under investigation, Cruz added.

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