A radio broadcaster was found dead at a river in Sultan Sa Barongis, Maguindanao, after being shot by still unidentified men, a military spokesman said Wednesday.

The body of Eddie Jesus Apostol, a radio announcer from Magpet, North Cotabato, was found floating along the Rio Grande de Mindanao near Sitio Tinolosan, Brgy. Masulot, around 3 p.m. Saturday, Col. Prudencio Asto, spokesman of the Army’s 6th Infantry Division, said.

Apostol, who has been missing since August 27, had two bullet wounds on the body and his hands were tied, Asto said.

Rowena Paraan, secretary-general of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, said Apostol was a host of the blocktime program “Konseho sa Kahanginan” on radio dxND in Kidapawan City.

Apostol, a former town councilor of Magpet, North Cotabato, is also a known “treasure hunter,” Paraan said, citing a report from the NUJP’s Kidapawan chapter.

She said Apostol was last seen going with an unidentified man to an alleged treasure-hunting site near the border of Pikit, North Cotabato, and Datu Piang, Maguindanao, on August 20.

“It is not yet certain if his (Apostol) murder was connected to his work or may have been related to his treasure-hunting activities,” Paraan said in a statement.

Apostol was the sixth journalist to be killed in the Philippines this year, according to the NUJP. (John Roson)

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