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Radio station manager shot, wounded by official angered by allegations of corruption

(CMFR/IFEX) - A radio station manager of a local broadcasting company was shot by a government official on 25 July 2007 in Sagay City, Negros Occidental, an island province approximately 480 km from Manila.

Ferdinand "Bambi" Yngson, manager of GMA Network's Super Radyo dySB in Bacolod City, Negros Occidental, and a member of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, was on his bicycle in front of the Sagay public market with his wife when a man shot him with a homemade shotgun.

Yngson was shot in the left arm, chest and back. He was rushed to a hospital where he was declared out of danger, then transferred to another medical facility for further treatment.

Romeo Bauden Corbo Jr. was arrested while allegedly attempting to escape. Corbo is a deputy officer of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). Yngson, 46, is said to have been critical of alleged corruption at the LTO as well as of allegedly baseless arrests by agency personnel.

Yngson hosts "Ratsada," RGMA's noon program, and is known for his critical commentaries. While personal animosity is also being considered as a motive for the shooting, Yngson said that Corbo cursed him and shouted in the local language, "You keeping attacking the LTO!" in the course of the encounter.

Chief Superindent Geary Barias, chief of the Philippine National Police Task Force Usig, a body created to probe extrajudicial killings in the country, said that frustrated murder and illegal possession of firearms charges are being readied against Corbo.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemned the attack in a statement and urged authorities to solve the case speedily.

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