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Broadcaster shot dead in the southern Philippines

DAVAO, Philippines--Gunmen shot dead a radio broadcaster in the violence-stricken southern Philippines on Friday — the latest in a string of deadly attacks on journalists, police said.

Samuel Oliverio was driving his motorcycle with his wife riding pillion when he was attacked by two men on another motorcycle in Digos city, about 960 kilometers (597 miles) south of the Philippine capital Manila.

"I heard a loud bang and thought one of the motorcycle's tires had exploded. It was only after the second explosion that I realized Sammy had been shot," Rowena Oliverio said, using her husband's nickname.

The 57-year-old was a known critic of illegal gambling and drugs and worked as a commentator on Radio Ukay and Supreme Radio in Digos city on Mindanao island.

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