Authorities in the Philippines believe the murder of radio commentator Dr. Gerry Ortega on Monday (1/24) was prompted by his activism on environmental issues, including his criticism of mining practices. That put a price tag on his head.
According to a report by ABS-CBN News, a suspect in custody has admitted killing Ortega for a promise of 150,000 pesos. That’s about $3,370. But the hitman only received 10,000 pesos in advance and was nabbed leaving the shooting scene. A second man is also being sought. More importantly, officials want to find out who contracted for the hit.
Ortega was a proponent of eco-tourism and opponent of mining interests and their practices. He had run unsuccessfully for governor of his province.