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Cagayan De Oro radio broadcaster shot dead

Gerry Lee Gorit - The Philippine Star
Cagayan De Oro radio broadcaster shot dead
Ding Gempesaw.
STAR / File

CAGAYAN DE ORO CITY, Philippines — Two motorcycle-riding masked gunmen shot dead a radio commentator in front of his house in Macanhan, Carmen here yesterday.

Federico “Ding” Gempesaw, 63, had just stepped out of his car, which he used as a taxi, when one of the assailants fired at him at close range, according to a police report.

Gempesaw, a hard-hitting commentator, hosted the block time program “Bitayan sa kahanginan” daily over local broadcaster Radyo Natin.

A witness told investigators that although wounded, the victim wrestled with one of the suspects before a second bullet hit him in the head.

Gempesaw died at the scene.

Police said they recovered empty shells of an unknown gun caliber at the site.

The suspects fled on a motorcycle without license plate, according to witnesses.

Probers said they have yet to establish the motive for the killing.

Gempesaw was a retired city hall official before he joined the local media as a radio commentator.

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