MANILA: Media freedom advocates in the Philippines scored a rare victory this
week when a court convicted an alleged gunman in the killing of broadcaster
Eric Vargas, 38, was given a 40-year prison sentence for the 2010 death of
Belen, a field reporter for a radio station in Iriga City, some 400 km south of
the capital Manila.
It was Belen himself who identified Vargas as the one driving the motorcycle
with a woman pillion rider with a gun. The killer, identified as Gina Bagacina,
remains at large.