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Philippines Radio Anchor Juan Jumalon Fatally Shot During Live Broadcast



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In the Philippines, a radio anchor, Juan Jumalon, widely recognized as DJ Johnny Walker, was fatally shot while conducting a live broadcast from his home-based studio, as confirmed by local authorities.

The tragic incident prompted President Marcos Jr to strongly denounce the murder of the radio journalist. Four journalists have reportedly been killed since Marcos Jr assumed office in June 2022, according to the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines.

The union condemned the attack, emphasizing the grievous nature of the incident occurring at Jumalon’s residence, which also functioned as the radio station.

Jumalon was live-streaming on Facebook at approximately 05:30 local time when an unidentified suspect entered the recording booth and shot him.

Reports from local media, citing police sources, state that the assailant requested permission to enter Mr Jumalon’s radio booth under the guise of announcing “something important on air.”

Law enforcement officials have confirmed the acquisition of CCTV footage in the area, aiding in the ongoing investigation.

The DJ’s broadcasts typically air on the 94.7 Gold Mega Calamba FM Facebook page, which boasts approximately 2,400 followers.

Following the incident, Jumalon’s wife rushed him to the hospital; however, upon arrival, medical professionals pronounced him deceased.

Authorities noted that there were no prior records of threats against his life.

President Marcos Jr announced his directive for the police to conduct a comprehensive investigation to swiftly bring the perpetrators to justice.

The Philippines has been identified by US-based Freedom House as one of the most perilous places for journalists globally.

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