Commentator of a radio station in critical condition after being shot

A commentator of a community radio station is in critical condition after he was shot several times on Wednesday night by still unknown assailants.

A police report said Julito Orillaneda, 35, owner and operator of the dxJB FM, was about to disembark from a tricycle when the gunman on a motorcycle shot him several times, hitting him in the head, neck, face and right arm.

Orillaneda was rushed to the nearby Marihatag District Hospital, but later referred to a Butuan City hospital for further treatment. Judith Suarez, station manager of Sure FM in Tandag City, said the victim remained conscious, as of Thursday, even with the multiple gunshot wounds that he sustained.

His colleagues in the local broadcast community said Orillaneda has been a hard-hitting radio commentator and staunch critic of Marihatag Mayor Raul Cubil. Orillaneda was the sixth radio commentator attacked by gunmen in Surigao del Sur since 2009. Four of the broadcasters were killed.

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