OZAMIZ CITY -- The Philippine National Police (PNP) has identified a suspect in the slaying of Zamboanga del Sur broadcaster Elvis Ordaniza in his home in Pitogo town more than a month ago.
Superintendent Glenn M. Dulawan, head of the Special Investigation Task Group Ordaniza, told the Inquirer the suspect they identified matches the description of two witnesses.
Dulawan said the suspect is known to Ordaniza, hence, could have easily located him in his home.
Ordaniza, a volunteer reporter for Pagadian City-based radio dxWO Power 99 FM, was gunned down around 7 p.m. last February 16 while preparing dinner amid a power blackout in the area.
Quoting some witnesses, Dulawan said that Ordaniza came out after he heard his name called. A few moments later, gunshots were heard.
A police report said that Ordaniza, a former Maoist guerrilla, suffered two bullet wounds in his. Prior to the killing, Ordaniza has been reporting about the problem of illegal drugs and illegal gambling in Pitogo town.
But Dulawan said the likely motive of the killing was a personal tiff, and not related to Ordaniza’s work as a broadcaster. Dulawan did not elaborate about the motive when pressed to give details.