Reporter gunned down in Cavite

Posted at 04/06/14 3:50 PM

Rubylita GarciaPhoto by Arnell Ozaeta for ABS-CBNnews.com

CAMP VICENTE LIM, Laguna - A 52-year-old tabloid reporter was gunned down by two unidentified suspects while inside her house in Bacoor City, Cavite on Sunday morning, police said.

PO3 Romar Sinnung, Bacoor police officer-on-case, identified the victim as Rubylita Garcia, a provincial correspondent of Remate and the president of Campo Press Club.

The gunmen barged in and shot the widow several times at around 10:15 a.m.

Garcia was rushed to the Dominic Hospital, but later died while being treated. She sustained five gunshot wounds to her body.

Members of the Scene of the Crime Operatives (SOCO) were able to recover four empty shells from a caliber 9mm pistol from Garcia’s house.

Police said a relative of Garcia who lives in the same area saw two suspects running away after the incident.

“May ginagawa na kaming cartographic sketch based on the description of Ms. Garcia’s relative. Nakita daw niya ang mukha kasi wala namang takip o suot na bonnet,” Sinnung said.

Police have yet to establish the motive behind the shooting incident.

“Pag-aaralan pa namin ang mga news reports niya sa kanilang dyaryo kung may mga nasagasaan ba siyang tao o organisasyon,” Sinnung said.

Meanwhile, a member of the Campo Press Club revealed that Garcia had a spat with one of the police officers of Cavite last Wednesday. The reporter, however, declined to name the officer out of fear for her safety.

Media organizations National Union of Journalist of the Philippines and the National Press Club condemned the killing and asked the police for an immediate action on the matter.