A cameraman of the local affiliate of international media network CNN died after being shot by a still unidentified assailant in what police initially see as a work-related killing, in Imus City, Cavite, early Thursday.
Jonathan Oldan, a driver and assistant cameraman of CNN Philippines, died after being shot several times, Cavite provincial police director Senior Superintendent Jonnel Estomo said.
The 29-year-old Oldan was shot along Bukaneg st., Brgy. Pinagbuklod, around 5:15 a.m., Estomo said in a text message.
“He (Oldan) was shot to death on the way to work this morning,” CNN Philippines said in a statement.
“Naglalakad siya papunta sa sakayan ng jeep right after bumili ng sigarilyo,” Estomo said.
The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), citing information from Oldan’s colleagues, said he was seen talking to somebody but witnesses saw him running a few minutes later, then he was shot to the head.
After the incident, the assailant fled with the weapon used, Estomo said, adding that Imus police have interviewed some bystanders who might have seen the incident.
Estomo said investigators see a possible link between the killing and Oldan’s work as a cameraman.
“Yes, pero hindi pa enough ang evidence namin,” the police official said.
CNN Philippines, meanwhile, condemned the incident and demanded justice for the slain cameraman.
“We deplore the killing of our colleague… We demand that his assailant/assailants be brought to justice. CNN Philippines condemns this act and will spare no effort to bring the criminal/criminals to justice,” the company said.
“If proven to be work related, Oldan will be the third journalist to be killed this year, 27th under the Aquino presidency and 167th since 1986,” the NUJP said.
Estomo said he has created Special Investigation Task Group “Oldan” to conduct a deeper probe into the incident. (John Roson)
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