CNN Cameraman Shot Dead In Philippines

June 25, 2015 – An employee of Cable News Network’s (CNN) Philippines office was shot dead this morning in Cavite City.

Jonathan “JoJo” Oldan, 29, was on his way to work and was buying cigarettes from a neighbourhood store in the village of Pinagbuklod, in Imus, south of Manila, when he was shot several times by an unidentified gunman.

According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Oldan worked as an assistant cameraman and driver for CNN’s newly established Philippines bureau.

Hours after the killing, CNN Philippines issued an official statement on the slaying of one of their staff.

“We deplore the killing of our colleague Jonathan Oldan. He was shot to death on his way to work this morning. We demand that this assailant/assailants be brought to justice … CNN Philippines condemns this act and will spare no effort to bring the criminal/criminals to justice,” it said.

According to a CNN reporter Angel Atienza, Oldan was on his way to work when a man approached him and shot him at around 5.15am.

Citing statements made by Oldan’s close relatives, she said authorities are looking at the possibility that the killing involved personal issues.

Oldan and the assailant had an argument before the latter shot him at close range three times. He was about to run but he fell on the ground instead and was shot three more times, Atienza reported.

Investigators are looking for evidence that could provide leads to the identity of the suspects and possible motives in the attack.

Justice Secretary Leila de Lima said she has already ordered the National Bureau of Investigation to conduct a probe into the killing.

NUJP media safety office head, Dabet Panelo said if it is proved that Oldan’s killing is connected with his work, he would be the third journalist to be killed this year, and the 27th under the presidency of Benigno Aquino III.

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