By Niño Luces
DARAGA, Albay – A hard hitting radio commentator in the province of Albay was shot to death by unidentified suspects early Friday morning.
The victim, Joey Llana, 41, a resident of Purok 5, Brgy. Peñafrancia, Daraga town, Albay province, known for his battlecry “Abante ang Krus,” was shot around 4:45 a.m. in front of his residence while he was about to leave for work.
Llana is a blocktimer at DWZR-AM, holding programs “Metro Banat” at 5:30 – 7 a.m. and “Asenso Daraga” – a blocktime program of LGU Daraga every Saturday at 9 to 10 a.m.
He is known for his tirades against local politicians, police personnel, local businessmen, and even fellow radio personalities.
Newly promoted Chief Inspector Malu Calubaquib, spokesperson of Police Regional Office 5 (PRO-5) said that the motive for the killing is still unknown.
Llana was shot by still unidentified assassins while driving his Isuzu Wizard.
“While the victim was seated at his vehicle, the suspects shot him using an unknown caliber of firearm. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds in his body and was declared dead at about 6:05 a.m. by the responding Emergency Management Staff led by Celestino Rosales,” Calubaquib said.
According to his fellow announcer Erasto “Bing” Alerta, Llana confessed to receiving death threats.
“Yesterday after his program, we had a chance to talk. Before leaving, he said to me ‘Di na tayo magkikita’,” Alerta said.