MANILA, Philippines (AP) — Police say that a radio anchorman in western Philippines was killed by gunmen on a motorcycle.

The 67-year-old journalist, Nilo Baculo Sr., had filed a petition in 2008 requesting court protection claiming that elected officials threatened his life after he had reported on their involvement in illegal drug deals, his lawyer, Harry Roque said.

The Court of Appeals denied Baculo’s plea, saying he had failed to prove his life was in danger.

Baculo was killed Friday in Calapan City, police Senior Superintendent Ronaldo de Jesus said.

The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility says he is the 25th journalist killed in the Philippines since President Benigno Aquino III took office in 2010 and 143rd since 1986.