Attacks against the media and journalists, including assassinations, have become so common in this archipelago of violence they no longer surprise many Filipinos. But the burning of Cagayan community radio station DWRC is doubly significant.
The facilities of DWRC Radyo Cagayano in Baggao, Cagayan, were torched in the early morning of July 2 by eight heavily-armed men wearing ski masks. They bound and gagged station manager Susan Mapa, and volunteer broadcasters Arnold Agraan, Joy Marcos, Richard Ayudan, Arlyn Arella, and Armalyn Baddua. The men then dragged them out of the station before setting fire to station and its transmitter. They took the cell phones and other belongings of Mapa and company. The damage to the station was estimated at P1.5 million.