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Richard Kho, Bonifacio Loreto

30 July 2013

The two columnists for the Aksyon Ngayon newspaper were killed in a drive-by shooting incident, according to the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ).

Two unidentified assailants on motorcycles shot at close range Richard and Bonifacio as they stood outside a convenience store in the Quezon City neighborhood of Manila, said CPJ quoting news reports. Authorities said the journalists died from multiple gunshot wounds and that police recovered several .45 caliber and 9-millimeter shells from the crime scene, the reports added.

Kho's daughter, Richelle, told local radio station Radyo Inquirer 990 AM that her father's murder could have been related to his reporting, according to news reports.

Aksyon Ngayon focuses on local community issues, including reporting on corruption, according to news reports. Richelle did not cite any specific stories she believed could have been behind the shooting, according to the reports.Police said they had not identified any suspects and were investigating possible motives.

Source: CPJ