SURIGAO City–Police are virtually facing a blank wall on the attempt on the life of a radio anchor and commentator here.
Supt. James Mejia, police provincial director, said investigators were still looking into the July 1 gun attack that saw radio station DxRS broadcaster Saturnino “Jan” Estanio, 41, and his 12-year old son wounded.
Estanio, a radio anchorman, suffered three gunshot wounds on the back as a result of the attack by assailants on a motorcycle at around 5 pm Thursday outside his house in Sitio Bioborjan, Barangay Rizal in Surigao City.
Estanio’s 12-year-old son was hit by a bullet in the chest.
Both have been declared in stable condition by physicians at the Surigao Medical Center.
Gay Dolfo-Tiu, station manager of DxRS, said no suspect has been arrested.
Tiu said the outspoken Estanio has been waging a campaign against illegal gambling, illegal drugs and criminality in his radio program.
Prior to the attack, Tiu said Estanio received threats supposedly because he was commenting about illegal game slot machines in the city.
She said the attack, which happened hours after President Duterte took his oath, was part of the culture of impunity in the locality.
Duterte won the presidency on the strength of his campaign against criminality and illegal drugs. He promised results within “three to six months.” Local media organizations in Surigao condemned the attack on Estanio.
Estanio’s neighbor, Allan Tinambakan Canibel, 52, was also hit on his right shoulder. Tinambakan was just passing by when the gunmen fired at Estanio. He is now recuperating at the Caraga Regional Hospital. (roel catoto of mindanews)