Cebu blocktimer killed in broad daylight

Rey Cortes of DYRB-Cebu was on his way home for his wife's birthday when he was shot by still unidentified gunmen

By: Morexette Marie B. Erram, Paul Lauro July 22,2021 - 12:01 PM
Still unidentified gunmen kill Cebu blocktimer in broad daylight

Blood is splattered across the floor outside the building that houses the DYRB – Cebu Radio Station in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City. DYRB blocktimer Rey Cortes was killed by still unidentified assailants in the morning of July 22, 2021. CDN Digital Photo |  Paul Lauro #CDNDigital

CEBU CITY, Philippines – Cebu blocktimer Rey Cortes of DYRB – Cebu succumbed to his gunshot wounds on Thursday morning, July 22, according to attending physicians in Cebu City Medical Center (CCMC).

He was declared dead at 9:55 a.m., a few minutes after he was shot outside the radio station by still unidentified assailants in Barangay Mambaling.

READ: Radio blocktimer in Cebu City shot outside radio station

Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak said Cortes sustained a gunshot wound on his chest.

Tumulak, a colleague of Cortes in DYRB, told reporters that the crime occurred shortly after the latter went off-air, and was about to go home to celebrate his wife’s birthday.

“Mag abli na siya sa iyahang sakyanan. Padung na siya pauli kay birthday tawon sa iyahang asawa,” said Tumulak.

(He was about to get inside his car. He was going home because it was the birthday of his wife.)

According to Tumulak, riding-in-tandem gunmen fired towards Cortes while he was standing right outside DYRB’s station along N. Bacalso Avenue in Barangay Mambaling at around 9 a.m.

The councilor was the first to respond to the scene. He was able to speak with Tumulak, who asked his own driver to bring his fellow radioman to the nearest hospital.

“Wa ko kadungog ug buto basta around 8:57 a.m to 9 a.m., naay lalaki nisaka sa taas. Pagbuto dinhe, pusil, niadagan tung lalaki nagpahibawo nako. Mao to diretso ko ug dagan ug gipadala diretso sa hospital para di malangay,” said Tumulak.

(I didn’t hear any gunshot but at around 8:57 a.m. to 9 a.m., a man came up. When the shooting happened, the man ran to tell me what happened. So I ran down and had him brought to the hospital immediately.)

Cortes was rushed to CCMC but he was not able to recover from his gunshot wound.


A screenshot of Rey Cortes’ live video of his program on Thursday, July 22, 2021, just moments before he was shot outside the radio station. | photo from Rey Cortes FB

Job related

Tumulak said Cortes was the type of commentator who does not mince words about injustices.

“Kana iyahang program, commentary na siya. Sa iyahang pagsabot, sa iyahang pagtuo nga mga hiwi, mao na iyahang buyagon,” he pointed out.

(His program is a commentary. Whatever he thinks is crooked, he will call it out.)

He also believed that the killing of Cortes was related to the latter’s job as a blocktimer.

On the other hand, Tumulak urged the police for a swift investigation and shed light on the crime, which he said is a threat to freedom of the press.

“Ato lang awhag mga kapulisan sa pagpahigayon sa imbestigasyon kay usa kani ka dakong hulga sa prensa, sa atong kagawasan isip magsisibya nga kahibaw sa unsay tinud-anay nga panghitabo,” said Tumulak.

(We call on the police to investigate this because this is a big threat to the press, on our freedom, as a broadcaster who should know about the truth of what happened.)


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TAGS: blocktimer, CCMC, Cebu City Councilor Dave Tumulak, Cebu City Medical Center, DYRB - Cebu, freedom of the press, Rey Cortes

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