Local August 2, 2011 | 10:05 am

Gunmen kill journalist who linked Dominican Prosecutor to drugs

LA ROMANA, Dominican Republic. – The embattled journalist Jose Silvestre was murdered Monday night in eastern La Romana province, and his body with two bullet wounds found near El Peñón, Sabana del Soco, between La Romana and San Pedro.

Initial reports said Silvestre had been kidnapped early morning by four individuals on a gold Ford Explorer, and that one gunshot was heard at Gastón Deligne street.

Filomena Silvestre, Jose’s sister said her brother confronted the four kidnappers with his fists. “I was walking along with him, but I stopped for five minutes and they told me that they were four men and that they shot him and that he struggled and hit one of them with his fist and then they took him. Those who saw it couldn’t do anything because they were firing."

According to some of Silvestre’s close friends, "he had made many denunciations through his program; La Voz de la Verdad" (the voice of truth)

Earlier this year La Romana prosecutor Jose Polanco jailed Silvestre on libel charges, after the reporter accused him of having links to drug trafficking.