Woman reporter shot dead in Philippines

A female tabloid reporter was gunned down in full view of her 10-year-old granddaughter and a relative at her home in Bacoor City, Cavite province, early Sunday.

Rubylita Garcia, 52, became the latest victim of attacks on journalists. If her death is work-related, she will be the 20th journalist killed in the line of duty under the Aquino administration and the 160th since 1986, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

When two attackers barged into the victim’s home at past 10 a.m. on Sunday, one of them declared, “We will not touch anyone else,” before firing at least four shots at the journalist.

Garcia, who died at the hospital five hours later, was a correspondent of Remate for more than 20 years, said Garcia’s editor, Lydia Bueno.

Just recently, she also reported for a local radio station, according to her son, Tristan, 28.

Garcia was a member of the National Press Club and president of a newly formed group of journalists in Calabarzon (Cavite, Laguna, Batangas, Rizal and Quezon) called the Confederation of Active Media Practitioners Organization.

She had just stepped out of the bathroom and was with Tristan’s 10-year-old daughter and Garcia’s sister-in-law on the first floor of their house in Barangay (village) Talaba when the attack happened around 10:15 a.m., Tristan said, quoting his daughter.