Philippine radio host killed in ambush

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Philippine radio host killed in ambush

A news radio host, who had been a prominent critic of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr.Marcos Jr. of the Philippines, was fatally shot in his car during an ambush near his home, the authorities said on Tuesday.

Percival Mabasa, a journalist, was killed on Monday night outside the capital, Manila, by two men on motorcycles who later escaped, said Brig. Gen. Roderick Augustus Alba, a spokesman for the Philippine National Police. The shooting occurred in the suburb of Las Pinas, outside the gated community where Mr. Mabasa lived.

A manhunt was underway Tuesday as the authorities investigated the killing, according to Alba. There was no explanation for a possible motive.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said that Mabasa was the second journalist killed in the country since President Marcos, the son of the dictator Ferdinand E. Marcos, took office in late June after a polarizing election. The radio broadcaster Renato Rey Blanco was stabbed to death last month in the central Philippines, hundreds of miles south of the capital. A suspect surrendered to the police, but no charges were filed.