12th journalist killed in 2006
BAGUIO CITY (Dec. 21) — A male broadcaster was mercilessly stabbed several times by a still unknown attacker while he was on his way home on Wednesday night in Batac, Ilocos Norte.
Andres “Andy” Acosta, 46 of the DZJC Action Radyo, an affiliate network of the Manila Broadcasting Company (MBC) died at the Mariano Marcos Memorial Hospital, also in Batac at around 10:30.
Batac town police commander Chief Inspector Bienvenido Rayco was quoted by local journalist Leilani Adriano, a media colleague of Acosta, as saying that the broadcaster was able to bring himself to the hospital after the attack but expired after more than an hour.
Acosta reportedly came from a Christmas party of the Ilocos Norte Electric Cooperative (INEC) press corps at Northview Hotel in Laoag City.
On his way home at barangay Acosta, Batac aboard his motorcycle, he was reportedly attacked by knife wielding attackers. He sustained three stab wounds.
Initial theories included street thugs as behind the attack on the broadcaster although the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) condemned the attack “even as it may come out (in the investigation) as not work related,” said Rowena Paraan of the International Federation of Journalists-NUJP Safety Office in Manila said.
Acosta came as the 12th journalist killed this year, the 48th under the administration of Pres. Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo and the 85th since the restoration of democracy in 1986 after the fall of the Marcos dictatorship.
The broadcaster is the second journalist killed in Ilocos Norte since Roger Mariano, another DZJC broadcaster, was gunned down by alleged hired assassins while going home from work in San Nicolas town, also in that northern province three years ago. # Ace Alegre for NORDIS