Photograhper-Reporter killed in Ambush
Photo-journalist killed in Metro Manila… am reposting statement and report from National Union of Journalists in the Philippines website.
Article posted May 16, 2006
Unidentified gunmen killed a tabloid photojournalist during a Tuesday morning ambush in Caloocan City, GMA 7’s DZBB reported.
Authorities identified the fatality as Albert Orsolino, a local barangay (village) council member and a reporter of the tabloid Saksi Ngayon.
Orsolino was last assigned at the Malacañang Palace beat.
Annie Clemente, a civilian bystander, was hit by a stray bullet on her shin. Doctors were reportedly trying to remove the bullet as of posting time, according to DZBB.
Clemente was securing documents at a nearby Social Security System (SSS) office when the violence erupted.
The suspects were onboard a Toyota FX Asian utility vehicle (WFR-245) when they blocked Delino’s path at around 11 a.m.
Orsolino was driving a white Toyota Corolla (CRB-122) sedan near a gasoline station at the boundary of Caloocan’s Letre district and Malabon City along the C-4 Road.
The assailants opened fire at Orsolino, who sustained at least five gunshot wounds to his body. Police said the suspects used .45-cal. pistols.
However, Orsolino apparently carried his own firearm and managed to shoot back, hitting one of the suspects.
Authorities did not immediately provide details on the possible motive behind the ambush.
Orsolino is also a former president of the Camanava (Caloocan-Malabon-Navotas-Valenzuela) Press Corps.-GMANews.TV
Official Statement of Malacañang Press Corps
On behalf of the hardworking members of the Malacañang Press Corps (MPC), we condemn in the strongest sense possible the killing of one of our colleagues, Albert Orcilino of Saksi, whom we had a brief opportunity to join us in some engagements in the Palace.
While we are confident that law enforcement authorities will exhaust all efforts in bringing justice to this bastardly and senseless killing, we also hope that they will also put a final stop to the continued killings and harassment of Filipino journalists across the country.
It is, however, with deep sorrow and discomfort to note that Orcilino has joined several Filipino journalists who have been murdered, intimidated and harassed in the performance of their duties with the highest sense of fairness, objectivity and responsibility by callous killers who have been enjoying impunity for some time now.
We likewise express our deepest sympathy to the grieving Orcilino family as their beloved Albert will be fondly remembered in the finest tradition as well as in the official roster of the MPC as one of those who refused to be silenced in upholding the principles of freedom of the press.
FERDIE J. MAGLALANG
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