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Philippine policeman suspended after murder of reporter he had argued with

Published on Apr 7, 2014 6:52 PM

MANILA (AFP) - The police chief of a Philippine town was suspended after a national newspaper reporter who he argued with was murdered, in the latest of a string of media killings, the authorities said on Monday.

Ms Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter with a popular tabloid, was shot dead on Sunday in her home about 30km from the nation's capital, Manila, the national police spokesman, Chief Superintendent Reuben Sindac, said.

Supt Sindac told reporters the police chief of Tanza town, which is close to where Ms Garcia lived and worked, was suspended on Monday "so he can not affect the ongoing investigation".

"This is administrative relief because of reports the Tanza police chief figured in an altercation with the victim before the incident," Supt Sindac said. However, Supt Sindac emphasised this did not necessarily mean the local police chief, Superintendent Conrado Villanueva, was a suspect.

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