Albay broadcaster's car shot by riding-in-tandem gunmen

LEGAZPI CITY 8/24/17 (Bicol Standard)--The car of radio commentator Carlos "Caloy" Sasis of Zagitsit News FM was shot by unidentified gunmen at around 8:50 a.m. today.

The gunmen were on a motorcycle and shot at his vehicle at the radio station located at Imelda Roces Avenue Brgy. Cruzada, this city.

The broadcaster was unharmed in the shooting, although the tires of his vehicle suffered damages.

In an interview with the media, he said the gunmen probably did not intend to kill him, and merely wanted to scare him off.

The incident is still under investigation.

Following the shooting, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) released a statement expressing its alarm and strongly condemning the shooting of the journalist.

"Upon instruction from Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, Co-Chair of the Task Force, PTFoMS Executive Director USec. Joel Sy Egco immediately directed Supt. Joselito Esico, Legazpi City Police Chief, to conduct a thorough investigation to identify the gunmen behind this cowardly attack on the commentator.

While it is yet to be confirmed if this incident falls under the mandate of the Task Force in relation to the Administrative Order No. 1 (AO1) of Pres. Rodrigo Roa Duterte in protecting the life, liberty and security of Media Workers, there is a possibility that the shooting may be related to Sasis work as a broadcaster.

Sasis, also a Barangay Kagawad of Cabangan, Camalig, Albay, co-hosts the radio program with Wally Magdato. Shortly after the incident, Magdato received a text message saying that the bullets were meant for him.

The PTFoMS will continue to monitor the progress of the investigation and provide the necessary security and legal assistance to both Sasis and Magdato.

The Task Force is committed in fulfilling its mandate to keep media workers free from any and all forms of threats and violence that may be carried out against them and their families."