Larry Que, publisher of the Catanduanes News in the island province of Catanduanes in the Philippines, was shot on Dec. 19, 2016 as he was about to enter a building in Virac where he also had an office as an insurance agent. The gunman fled on a motorcycle driven by an accomplice and Que died the following day. The killing came shortly after Que exposed a large methamphetamine laboratory in the province and criticised local officials for alleged ties to drug manufacturing. Officials later said they had obtained a second, unpublished column by Que accusing Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua of being responsible for the laboratory.

In May 2017, Que’s common-law wife filed a complaint for murder charges against Catanduanes Governor Joseph Cua, a police officer and three others. She alleged that the officer, Vincent Tacorda, who had previously been part of a security detail guarding Que, admitted his participation in the killing to a journalist.