By Glazyl Masculino
BACOLOD CITY – A radio reporter based in Dumaguete City, Negros Oriental was shot dead by two unidentified motorcycle-riding assailants in Barangay Daro around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday (May 5).
The victim was Cornelio Pepino, 48, of Sibulan town, a regular news reporter and announcer of DYMD Energy 93.7 FM, with the screen name “Rex Cornelio.”
He anchored a program entitled “Pokpokin mo Baby.”
Col. Julian Entoma, Negros Oriental police director, said Pepino was riding his motorcycle along with his wife and they were on their way home when they were ambushed.
Entoma said the victim had just left his regular late afternoon program at the radio station.
The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds to the body and was declared dead at a hospital. His wife was unharmed.
Entoma said Pepino was the target of the attack, and that he was probably tailed from his workplace. He added they have not yet found a motive for the killing. Investigation is ongoing.
In November 2019, Dindo Generoso, a blocktimer of DYEM 96.7 Bai Radio, was also killed in an ambush in Dumaguete City.
Meanwhile, the radio station, in a Facebook post, is calling for justice for the death of one of their colleagues.