Human rights activist and radio broadcaster, Teodoro Escanilla, shot dead in Sorsogon

Filipino radio broadcaster for DZMS and human rights activist, fifty nine year old, Teodoro Escanilla, was shot dead by two unidentified assailants on Wednesday night in central Philippine province of Sorsogon.

Escanilla was shot inside his home in the Tadon village at approximately 11:45 pm.

According to  people who knew Escanilla, they say he had been warned that he was on the “hit list” of the state military due to his expose of human rights abuses inflicted on civilians by the State troops in the province.

Escanilla was the spokesperson of the human rights group Karapatan Sorsogon and his radio program “Pamana ng Lahi” which discussed in great detail human rights issues.

The Sorsogon provincial police say both suspects fled the scene and an investigation is underway.

According to the Committee to Protect Journalists, more journalists have been killed in direct relation to their work in the Philippines than anywhere apart from Iraq and Syria since 1992. They have documented the deaths of seventy seven journalists, in which seventy five of those deaths were murders.

91% of the journalists murdered in the Philippines resulted in complete impunity.

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