Ecija radio man slain amid gun ban

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CABANATUAN CITY—Julius Caesar Cauzo, a broadcaster of the local radio station dwJJ, started his day early on Thursday by visiting a coworker.

At 7:30 a.m., Cauzo, a former Inquirer correspondent in Nueva Ecija, left the house of his fellow dwJJ announcer, Joselito Verde, to bring a son to the Nueva Ecija University of Science and Technology (NEUST) here.

An hour later, Cauzo was dead. A lone gunman on a motorcycle in Barangay (village) Aduas shot and killed Cauzo, 52, who was then driving his motorcycle on his way to his 9 a.m. daily broadcast at dwJJ and local TV Channel 16.

Cauzo had three bullet wounds in the back and died while being taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital here.

Light Nolasco, head of the Nueva Ecija Press Club (NEPC) and Cauzo’s coworker, said Cauzo arrived at the station at 8 a.m. but left immediately to deliver a motorcycle battery to a friend’s house.

“I soon received word that he was shot and killed by a gunman aboard another motorcycle,” Nolasco said. He said Cauzo’s body was found sprawled on the road in Aduas, about 2 kilometers from the radio station in Barangay Bitas.

Superintendent Walter Castillejos, Nueva Ecija police director, said a special police task force was formed to investigate and solve Cauzo’s murder.

Cauzo’s coemployees lamented that the attack happened while a gun ban is in force in Cabanatuan for the Dec. 1 plebiscite to ratify the change of its status from a component city of Nueva Ecija to a highly urbanized city (HUC).

The stations dwJJ and Channel 16 are owned by the family of Mayor Julius Cesar Vergara.

Vergara declined to identify people who could be behind Cauzo’s murder. “I’m not pointing fingers. What I’m saying is it’s a publicity war but it should never come to this,” he said.

Governor Aurelio Umali, who opposes Cabanatuan’s HUC bid, also condemned the killing. “This is not right. Nothing can justify his killing,” Umali said in a text message to the Inquirer.

Cauzo, executive vice president of NEPC, was former assistant professor at the NEUST here. He was also a former village council member in Barangay Sibul in Talavera town.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Cauzo was the 154th journalist killed in the line of duty since 1986 and the 14th under Mr. Aquino’s term. NUJP records showed that Cauzo was the fifth media worker killed this year.

First posted 10:59 am | Thursday, November 8th, 2012

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/VBIZ5ZTCHCIQ7PILRDPH5EWWMY Fernando

    The killer/murderer should be caught within 48 hrs. The police should do their best to bring to justice whoever did this horrible crime.

    Whatever happened to the Mindanao massacre? Kawawa naman ang mga pamilya ng mga reporters at ng mga Mangudadatu na hanggang ngayon ay hindi pa nabibigyan ng katarungan and pagkamatay ng kanilang mga mahal sa buhay.  

    • niceguy60

      Talagang kawawa. But are you suggesting that Gloria is involve with this? I’m just thinking what could be her possible motive. Malademonyo pala talaga dating pangulo!

  • http://twitter.com/rommelsimbulan Rommel Simbulan

    He is a well known critic of our congressman. 

    • dkgboy

       Is he the first collateral victim of HUC?

  • Ronald

    As if criminals will abide with a gun ban. 

  • nakatutok

    the reporter/s live in their own fantasy world……Nueva Ecija po yan….yang Gun Ban ay .parang “suggestion” lang yan…

  • disqusted0fu

    why is the administration quiet when it comes to extra judicial killings? when asked they always dismiss the topic immediately. actually, the administration is usually quiet when it comes to the real and existing problems of the nation. you would only hear them loud when it comes to hot topics and issues about Arroyo and their other political foes.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/2BX7LM7XZT4RGHNROXTMXIJVKM yahoo

    Hey Government! Criminals don’t respect your silly gun bans. Criminal nga eh! Get it? 

  • niceguy60

    A lone gunman in a motorcycle shot Cauzo? This is nothing new. Happens too common these days. Akala ko ba panahon lang ni Gloria meron ganito? Why no one seems to be doing something about this? Government is helpless? To stop the killings?

  • randyaltarejos

    It will take more innocent lives of mediamen before a law is enacted to give qualified media practitioners to carry firearms. This is unfair for mediamen and other innocent people to be killed because only the criminals have the guts to carry illegal firearms.

    • vinzerx

      While I do not agree that more gun-carrying people will solve the problem, I will agree that this certainly won’t be the last media member killed in Aquino’s term, if only because these do not concern officials and anything that doesn’t concern officials takes a long time to get fixed in this country.

  • randyaltarejos

    If the criminals will not abide with the gun ban, it is only incumbent upon the law enforcement authorities to make random checks against all those carrying firearms. Law enforcers must enforce a law that make all firearms carriers to be checked. No exemptions!

  • randyaltarejos

    What normally happens is that if there’s a bunch of uniformed soldiers or cops who carry long firearms in a public place, the immediate reaction of the law enforcers is that they might be members of the AFP or PNP. In fact, they’re under disguise as what happened to the group of robbers  who disguised themselves as cops when they engaged in a robbery. Law enforcers must use their discretion.

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