MANILA, Philippines – Philippine police have filed murder charges against a former provincial administrator and four other men in the shooting death of a hard-hitting radio commentator who became the country's latest media fatality.
Among those charged Wednesday is a former official in southwestern Palawan province who had allegedly owned the gun used by another suspect to kill Jerry Ortega. The broadcaster was fatally shot Monday and police caught the alleged gunman moments later with the help of passing firemen and bystanders.
Colleagues believe Ortega may been have been silenced because of his work. He had criticized provincial officials linked to corruption and opposed the operation of mining companies in the resource-rich island province.