Broadcaster dies a month after being shot in Tacurong City

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Metro Manila (CNN Philippines, December 1) — A broadcaster has died a month after being shot in the chest by unidentified suspects in Tacurong City, Sultan Kudarat.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Benjie Caballero, who was the president of the Sultan Kudarat Provincial Task Force on Media Security, died of complications from pneumonia early Sunday.

Caballero, who was also the station manager of Radyo ni Juan, was waiting for a tricycle on the side of the road when one of the suspects alighted the motorcycle, walked towards him and shot him in the chest on October 30.

Presidential Task Force on Media Security head Undersecretary Joel Egco earlier called on the Tacurong police to investigate Caballero's shooting.

In a statement, the NUJP said, "All indications are that the attack had to do with Benjie’s work as a broadcaster."

The group has called on authorities to investigate the Caballero's death "and, most importantly, identify, arrest and prosecute his killers and whoever commissioned the hit on him."