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Five killed, reporter kidnapped in Philippines, on eve of mid-term elections

Published on May 12, 2013 4:00 PM

MANILA (AFP) - Five people were killed in separate ambushes in the volatile southern Philippines, police and the military said on Sunday, and a radio reporter was kidnapped by armed men on the eve of mid-term elections.

Two men armed with short firearms abducted radio journalist Melinda Jennifer Glifonea at dawn on Sunday at a restaurant in Candelaria, a farming town three hours south of Manila.

"We are not discounting the possibility it could be related to her work," local police spokesman Chief Inspector Edcille Canals told AFP by telephone.

He said Ms Glifonea was known to carry stinging political commentary on her show at the local 103.1 FM Edgeradio. He did not elaborate.

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