Female broadcaster shot dead in Malabon

Posted at 03/24/2011 2:20 PM | Updated as of 03/24/2011 4:41 PM

MANILA, Philippines – A female broadcaster was shot dead Thursday morning in Malabon.

The victim was identified as 44-year-old Marlina Flores Sumera, a broadcaster of radio dzME.

Sumera was declared dead on arrival at the Valenzuela General Hospital. A bullet hit her nape and exited through her left eye.

Police said 2 suspects were involved in the incident.

The Northern Police District is now eyeing land squabble as the motive in the crime.

According to Azucena Villa, the victim’s aunt, the land where Sumera’s house is located is being claimed by another group.

Sumera was the second journalist murdered in the Philippines this year, after a provincial broadcaster and environmental crusader, Gerardo Ortega, was gunned down on the western island of Palawan in January.

Media and rights groups say the Philippines is one of the world's most dangerous places for journalists.

They say a culture of impunity pervades the country, where powerful figures often act above the law and firearms proliferate.

Ortega was the the 142nd journalist killed since the fall of dictator Ferdinand Marcos and the restoration of democracy in 1986, according to the Philippines' journalists' union.

Most infamously, 30 journalists were among 57 people murdered in the southern Philippines in 2009, allegedly by members of a powerful Muslim clan who wanted to eliminate a rival's political challenge.  With reports from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News, and Agence France Presse