A radio anchorman escaped unhurt from an ambush in Ozamis City early Wednesday, police said.

Cosme Maestrado, an anchor at the local DXOC radio station, even managed fired back at his assailant and went to work after the incident, Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said in a phone interview.

The incident occurred past 4 a.m. at the Manincol-Bacolod intersection of the National Highway.

Maestrado, a resident of Brgy. Manincol, was driving his car on the way to work around 4 a.m., when an unidentified man approached the vehicle and fired at the former four times with a caliber-.45 pistol.

“He (Maestrado) wasn’t hit, so he was able to recline his chair and waited for the assailant to come closer because that, according to him, was an opportunity to fire back,” Adriatico said.

Sensing that the victim was putting up a defensive action, the suspect ran to a waiting motorcycle driven by another suspect and escaped.

Maestrado, meanwhile, also saw four other men flee on two motorcycles after the incident.

“Those guys were around several meters away from him, perhaps those people served as lookouts,” Adriatico said.

Maestrado later reported the incident to the local police, who invited him to their station, but the radio anchor chose to proceed to the radio station for his scheduled program with two police escorts.

“Its possible na connected talaga (yung insidente) sa trabaho, its very possible that this is linked to him being a radio anchorman… ang first na tinitingnan natin ay ‘yung pagiging media practitioner niya, but all other angles ay titingnan din natin,” Adriatico said. (John Roson)

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