A radio reporter was injured after being shot by still unidentified armed men in Cagayan de Oro City Thursday night, police said.

James Michael Licuanan, a reporter of Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro, suffered a bullet wound that entered the right side of his buttocks and exited at his abdomen, Chief Supt. Jufel Adriatico, Northern Mindanao regional police director, said.

Licuanan, who also anchors an evening commentary program, was brought to the Northern Mindanao Medical Center.

Senior Supt. Gerardo Rosales, Cagayan de Oro City Police director, said Licuanan was on the way home from the radio station around 9:30 p.m., when the latter was tailed by two motorcycle-riding men.

Upon reaching Ebarli st. near the public market in Brgy. Cogon, one of the men fired at Licuanan. The shot missed but caused Licuanan to fall on the street.

One of the men then got off their motorcycle and chased Licuanan, hitting the reporter. Licuanan, despite his injury, ran to a nearby fire station where he asked for help.

Rosales said investigation on the motive for the shooting is focused on Licuanan’s work as a media practitioner.

Licuanan was commenting on a drug-related case at his radio program before the incident, according to the police official.

In a statement sent by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, Bombo Radyo Cagayan de Oro station manager Celso Maldecir said Licuanan had been commenting on the arrest of one Sammy Yusop last November 22. Yusop yielded 1.5 kilos or P20 million worth of shabu during the arrest.

Adriatico said he ordered the “immediate solution” of the case and provided Licuanan police escorts. (John Roson)

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