Veteran Panamanian journalist Ramon "Monchi" Cano was fatally shot early Tuesday in a robbery at his home in the western city of David, Telemetro television said.

Cano, 80, was surprised by assailants as he was leaving his residence to anchor the program "5 News Stories and an Opinion" on Ondas Chiricanas radio.

Telemetro cited National Police as saying Cano was shot in the head after resisting the assault and died hours later on the operating table at Chiriqui Hospital.

Cano hosted the radio program for 56 años.

Members of the Colon Journalists Circle have called a march later Tuesday because of Cano's murder. EFE