Catholic reporter shot dead in Philippines

Unidentified gunmen yesterday shot dead George Vigo, a Catholic peace advocate and UCA News journalist, his wife, Masel Alave-Vigo, and a staff worker in Mindanao, Philippines.

The Indian Catholic reports that Mr Vigo, his wife and a media liaison officer and member of the Leftist Bagong Alyansang Makabayan, died at the Kidapawan Doctor's Hospital minutes after they were shot in the Apo Sandawa housing project.

Superintendent Danny Reyes, Kidapawan City police chief, said the Vigos were on their way home from the city's public market when two men on board a motorcycle shot them.

Ms Alave-Vigo hosted a weekly radio program aired over the Church-run Radio dxND while her husband was the project director of Community Family Services Incorporated, an international non-government organisation working with displaced families in North Cotabato.

Mr Vigo had worked with the diocese of Kidapawan and wrote for the Union of Catholic Asian News (UCA News), the largest Asian Church news agency, in the past.

UCAN reporter shot dead in the Philippines (The Indian Catholic 19/6/06)

LINKS (not necessarily endorsed by Church Resources)
Union of Catholic Asian News
A call to defend life (Minjourn and Free 12/7/00)

Archbishop says religion aggravates Asian conflicts (CathNews 8/9/03)

Gunmen kill two journalists in Philippine south (New Scotsman, 20/6/06)
Peace zones revisited (Mindanao News 19/7/05)
On the Front Lines in Mindanao (Frontline World, PBS, July 2003)

20 Jun 2006