DZME broadcaster shot dead

Radio anchor shot dead in Malabon

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) received reports that a radio anchor of the station dzME was shot dead along Solonian street in Maysilo, Malabon at around 9:45 this morning.

Maria Len Flores Somera, who anchors the daily morning program called Arangkada Kinse Trenta, was shot by unidentified men while on her way to the station. She was rushed to the Valenzuela General Hospital and pronounced dead. The fatal bullet, according to reports, entered thru the nape.

The motive behind the killing is still not clear, according to the police. Somera is the third journalist killed in 2010, following Palawan's Gerardo Ortega and Abra's Cirilo Gallardo. If proven to be work-related, her murder would be the fourth under President Benigno Aquino III.

A report by GMA said the 44-year old broadcaster also worked with stations dzXL and dzAR before dzME. She left behind a husband and
three children.


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