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Former Prince George Citizen reporter tied to Philippines shooting

January 23, 2013

A former Prince George Citizen reporter may have been the man who shot and killed two people in a Philippines courtroom this week before being shot himself.

Start of the Citizen’s story:

John Pope was facing charges of illegal possession of firearms when he was shot by police in Cebu City the Southeast Asian country. He was described in local reports as being a journalist.

A spokeswoman for the Department of Foreign Affairs was unable to provide any personal details about Pope due to privacy concerns, but a man named John Pope was a Citizen staff reporter in the late 1970s and early 1980s. According to former Citizen employees, Pope was living in the Philippines for the last 10 to 15 years.

The Citizen also received a package from John Pope in the fall originating from the Philippines addressed to a former staff member.

Former colleagues at the Citizen had starkly different memories of Pope – some said he was a good friend and very loyal, while others said he was troubled and unhappy.


  1. Mighty Pad and Pen
    January 24, 2013 at 8:35 am

    The way the journalism business has been going I’m not surprised to hear that some reporter finally cracked.

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