BACOLOD CITY – The Dumaguete City Police Station in Negros Oriental is looking into work-related and land conflict as possible angles behind the killing of a radio broadcaster in the said city Thursday, Nov. 7.
Lt. Col. Wilfredo Alarcon, city police chief, said Dindo Generoso, 67, of Brgy. Banilad, who was a commentator in dyEM 96.7 Bai Radio, was reportedly known for hard-hitting commentaries in his radio program.
Alarcon said Generoso was recently receiving threats through phone calls, based on the statement of his family.
“He was possibly targeted because of his commentaries,” Alarcon said.
Alarcon also said that the killing might be related to land conflict because he was representing his family in a land dispute case.
“He (victim) was negotiating with another party regarding their land to be used for commercial purposes,” he added.
Alarcon said the victim was driving his car on his way to work for his daily radio program when he was allegedly being tailed by two unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants from his house, who blocked his way at Brgy. Piapi, then he was shot.
The two assailants who were wearing full masks and helmets then fled, leaving Generoso, with nine gunshot wounds.
Generoso was rushed to a hospital, where he later expired.
Police recovered from the scene seven fired bullets of .45 caliber pistol.
“Initially, we are looking at these angles, but we are still trying to dig deeper,” Alarcon said.
Alarcon said they have yet to identify the perpetrators behind the killing.
Meanwhile, Dumaguete City mayor Felipe Remollo said he is saddened and outraged over the killing of Generoso.
“I am saddened and outraged by this dastardly act of cowardice which has no place in a decent society especially in a peace loving city of Dumaguete. I condole with Dindo’s wife Nits, children and the rest of his family,” Remollo said.
The mayor added that Generoso was a true friend and a passionate mediaman and a genuine Dumagueteńo! “I will not rest until the perpetrators are put to justice,” he added.
The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) also condemned the killing and said this dastardly deed will not go unpunished.
“Whoever is behind this senseless murder will be brought to justice,” PTFoMS executive director Joel Egco said who is getting other sources of information from local media besides the ongoing police investigation.
Generoso was an anchor for development programs of the local government, including a controversial reclamation project that was halted by the DENR last week. His radio program in Bai Radio is sponsored by the city government of Dumaguete as an extension of its public information office.