MANILA, Philippines -- Two soldiers armed with a knife and a revolver barged into the house of a Philippine newsman and killed him before his relatives in a land dispute, police said Monday.
Nick Enciso, 67, died of gunshot and stab wounds in the attack Sunday in the popular resort city of Tagaytay, 35 miles south of Manila, police said.
Police Director Cesar Nazareno said he had ordered a hunt for the alleged assailants.
Enciso was reporter and columnist for the Manila Bulletin, the nation's largest daily, and its sister publication, Tempo. He also was president of the 4,000-strong association of village captains.
The Bulletin said Enciso was shot several times with a .38-caliber revolver in front of three relatives. He was then stabbed.
The report said one of the alleged assailants was was recently evicted on orders by the village council from land he was illegally occupying.
Enciso was the 30th journalist killed in the Philippines in five years of President Corazon Aquino's administration.