Published On: Thu, Sep 6th, 2012

Radio host, Eddie Apostol, becomes the sixth journalist killed in the Philippines this year

A radio blocktimer who was missing for the last two weeks was found dead in Maguindanao September 1, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Tuesday.

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According to a National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) news release Tuesday, Eddie Jesus Apostol, co-host of the blocktime program “Konseho sa Kahanginan” (Council on the Air) on radio station dxND in Kidapawan, was found in the Liguasan Marsh near Sultan sa Barongis town, said NUJP Kidapawan chair and dxND programming director Malu Manar.

Soldiers recovered the decomposing remains of Eddie Apostol in a marsh on Sunday, five days after his family reported him missing, said regional military spokesman Colonel Prudencio Asto.

The 52-year-old dxND radio talk show host had been bound in rope and shot twice in the head, Asto told reporters.

Apostol’s brand-new red Honda XRM-125 motorcycle and a still unknown sum of money were missing, although his press card was recovered.

It is still unclear whether the murder was linked to his job as a journalist.

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous places in the world for journalists. A total of 153 media workers have been killed in the Philippines in the pursuit of their profession since 1986.

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