19 November 2017
AsiaNews.it Twitter AsiaNews.it Facebook
Geographic areas




  • > Africa
  • > Central Asia
  • > Europe
  • > Middle East
  • > Nord America
  • > North Asia
  • > South Asia
  • > South East Asia
  • > South West Asia
  • > Sud America
  • > East Asia


  • » 11/13/2004, 00.00

    PHILIPPINES

    Photo-journalist killed in Jolo

    Sonny Evangelista

    He was supposed to take video footage for a documentary on Ramadan in the Philippines.

    Jolo (AsiaNews) – Gene Boyd Lumawag, 26, photo editor of the independent news agency Mindanao News, was shot dead execution-style yesterday afternoon in the commercial area of Jolo (Mindanao). A lone gunman fired a calibre .45 bullet into his forehead. Mr Boyd was on his way to the pier to take video footage of the sunset as part of a documentary on Ramadan.

    Although there were people in the area, no one came forward to provide evidence about the incident. In Jolo the code of silence is part of the local culture and too many people are afraid to speak for fear of retaliation.

    Colleagues of the murder journalist were dismayed. "No one on the crime scene could tell me how it happened," said Mindanews editor Carol Arguillas who was with him in Jolo. "Not even the police or the Marines."

    Both editor and photo-journalist had gone to Jolo to make a documentary on eid ul-Fitr, the feast day commemorates the end of the holy month of Ramadan.

    Investigators late yesterday evening said that the killer probably belonged to an urban terrorist group, referring most likely to the Abu Sayyaf group, which has been held responsible for several abductions and murders.

    For several years now the city of Jolo has seen clashes and violence by Islamic extremists. Among the victims Bishop Benjamin de Jesus, who was killed on February 4, 1997, in front of the cathedral. His murderers are still at large protected by the code of silence.  

    e-mail this to a friend Printable version










    See also

    10/12/2004 PHILIPPINES – HUMAN RIGHTS
    Press freedom under siege, Filipino journalists says


    29/10/2004 PAKISTAN
    Christians and Muslims together to defeat the culture of violence


    27/01/2011 PHILIPPINES
    Filipino Catholic journalist murdered for defending indigenous tribes
    Gerry Ortega was famous for his radio broadcasts in which hosted missionaries and human rights activists. The battle that cost him his life was in defence of the island of Palawan against a devastating mining project.

    11/01/2010 PHILIPPINES
    Mindanao: a grenade explodes in front of Jolo Cathedral, no injuries
    The blast took place yesterday morning shortly before mass. Abu Sayyaf Muslim rebels main suspects of the attack. In recent months, two grenades have exploded near the cathedral. The last attack dates to 31 December. Sulu Bishops says Church will not close its mission in Jolo.

    13/08/2004 philippines
    A catholic reporter killed




    Editor's choices

    HONG KONG - CHINA - VATICAN
    Mass for a deceased underground priest. Card. Zen asks for God ‘s grace to save the Church in China and the Holy See from the 'precipice'

    Li Yuan

    Fr. Wei Heping, 41, died in mysterious circumstances, his body dumped in a river in Taiyuan (Shanxi). For the police claim he committed suicide. Family members are not allowed to even see the autopsy report. For Card. Zen the Holy See (which "is not necessarily the Pope") seeks a compromise at all costs with the Chinese government, risking "to sell out the faithful Church". Justice and Peace publish a booklet about Fr. Wei, not to forget.


    VATICAN - ITALY
    Pope: No more war, its only fruit is death, 'our self-destruction'



    Marking the Feast of All Souls, Francis celebrated Mass at the American Cemetery in Nettuno. "When so many times in history men think of a war, they are convinced of bringing a new world, they are convinced of making a 'spring'. It ends in a winter, ugly, cruel, with the reign of terror and death."


    AsiaNews IS ALSO A MONTHLY!

    AsiaNews monthly magazine (in Italian) is free.
     

    SUBSCRIBE NOW

    News feed

    Canale RSScanale RSS 

    Add to Google









     

    IRAN 2016 Banner

    2003 © All rights reserved - AsiaNews C.F. e P.Iva: 00889190153 - GLACOM®