CAMP ELIAS ANGELES, Pili, Camarines Sur – A radio field reporter was seriously wounded when he was shot by unidentified gunmen in Iriga City at 8:30pm on July 9 (Fri), a military official said.
LtCol Ernesto Cruz, Commander of the 42nd Infantry Battalion identified the victim as Miguel Belen, 48, a radio reporter for DWEB located in Nabua town in Camarines Sur.
“Miguel Belen was on his way home in Francia village on board his motorcycle when he was ambushed by motorcycle-riding gunmen last Friday night. The victim sustained multiple gunshot wounds from a Cal .45 pistol all over his body,” said Cruz.
Belen was immediately brought to a local hospital in Iriga City for treatment. Attending physicians are saying that Belen is still in critical condition inside the hospital’s intensive care unit.
The motive of the attempted killing is still unknown as of this time.
Major General Ruperto Pabustan, Commander of the 9th Infantry Division has directed the 42nd Infantry Battalion to assist the PNP in the investigation.
Pabustan has also alerted some soldiers to provide blood donation upon receiving requests for blood donors by family members in a phone call to 9ID’s public affairs office yesterday evening.