Category Archives: MEDIA KILLINGS


PTFoMS condemns shooting of blocktimer

Malacañang strongly denounced the shooting of Rico Osmeña, a blocktimer for radio station DYLA, who was shot while onboard a minibus traveling along Urdaneta St. in Barangay San Roque, Cebu City on Thursday.

“The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) condemns the attack on Rico Osmeña. I have already asked the Philippine National Police (PNP) Regional Office to use all available manpower and resources to find and apprehend the perpetrators of this cowardly act,” PTFoMS Executive Director, Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco said in a news release.

Initial report submitted to PTFoMS by the PNP through Maj. Edgar C. Labe, station commander of Police Station 3 in Cebu City, disclosed that at around 12:30 p.m., two unidentified male gunmen suddenly boarded the minibus and shot the victim twice in the back and immediately fled. READ MORE


SC affirms CA junking of bail plea


zaldy ampatianFormer Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) Governor Datu Zaldy Uy Ampatuan will remain in jail as the Supreme Court (SC) turned down his petition for bail on murder charges, in connection with the Maguindanao massacre.

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In a six-page notice made available to newsmen Wednesday, the SC’s First Division through Division Clerk of Court Librada C. Buena said the court on July 22 resolved to deny Ampatuan’s petition “for lack of merit”.
The decision affirmed the April 2018 ruling of the Court of Appeals (CA), which refused to grant bail to the petitioner.
The court explained that ruling on whether Ampatuan, who is among those charged with 58 counts of murder for the Maguindanao massacre, is entitled to bail could inadvertently result in deciding the main case itself, which is now submitted for resolution before the lower court.
“In determining the veracity of the evidence petitioner presented in support of his denial and alibi and to rebut the evidence of the prosecution, the Court will necessarily have to rule on the admissibility and probative value of these (pieces of) evidence. By deciding for or against his bail application on the basis of factual issues raised by petitioner, the court will be prematurely deciding the case beyond the parameters of judicial review at this stage of the proceedings, and preempt the parties from presenting their respective evidence during trial,” the court said.
“This court is of the view that these issues are best threshed out in a full-blown trial. The court must defer making a conclusion on this matter since the participation of conspirators, principals, accomplices and accessories are matter adjudged as a whole at the conclusion of the evidence-in-chief,” the tribunal pointed out.
Henchmen of the Ampatuan clan allegedly ambushed the convoy of their political rivals, the Mangudadatus, killing the victims who  included 32 local newsmen and supporters and relatives of the Mangundadatu clan.
The event is the single most deadly event involving journalists in the country.
Among the witnesses were Esmael “Toto” Mangundadatu, Maganoy, Maguindanao vice mayor Sukarno Badal, and Lakmodin Saliao, the alleged personal assistant of Datu Andal Ampatuan Sr.
The witnesses said the petitioner gave his blessings to the ambush by phone while he was in Manila attending official events and volunteered the use of his cache of firearms and ordered the ambush group to leave no traces after the attack. (PNA)

2 CdeO journalists ‘tagged’ as NPA rebels

Red-tagging condemned


Support pours for mediamen

Statements of support for two local journalists, who are victims of red-tagging anew, continue to pour Friday evening, this time coming from various public officials.

The expressions of support came after Froilan Gallardo and Leonardo Vicente Corrales were branded as members of the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the Communist Party of the Philippines.

Gallardo and Corrales said they have both been victims of red-tagging in the past, and have ferv denied they are in any way NPA supporters or members.

Gallardo is a seasoned reporter and photojournalist who writes for the Philippine Daily Inquirer, Mindanews, and BenarNews, a foreign media outfit.

Corrales is currently the associate editor of the Mindanao Gold Star Daily. He is also a member of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club’s board of directors.

Rep. Rufus Rodriguez of this city’s 2nd District said “journalists are merely doing their job to report both sides of the issues” and that red-tagging “serves no purpose except to destroy their reputations without proof and unnecessarily hinders their work.”

Undersecretary Joel Egco of the Presidential Communications and Operations Office (PCOO) said he was “concerned” about the red-tagging of local journalists.

Egco, who also heads the Presidential Task Force on Media Safety (PTFOMS), said his office has, in fact, acted on reports of some reporters being targeted just recently, especially reporters Kath Cortez of Davao Today and Pamela Jay Orias of SunStar Cagayan de Oro.

Cortez and Orias are officers of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, one of the groups being accused of having ties to the NPA.

“We cater to thousands of media workers in the country and we have acted on each and every situation where our assistance was needed, be that in incidents of threats, harassment, harm or even actual killing,” Egco said.

He said PTFOMS will “act with dispatch on each distress call, actual or even imagined,” adding that “we are just a phone call away.”

Philippine Information Agency-10 Director Erlinda Olivia Tiu said the red-tagging of Gallardo and Corrales saddens her “as I am fully aware that they are legitimate members of the media and are helping promote government programs and advocacies.”

The Philippine Army’s 403rd Infantry Brigade commander, Brig. General Edgardo de Leon, said he personally knows Gallardo and Corrales.

“They are professional journalists,” De Leon said, “To me, Froi and Cong are not simply friends, but close personal friends whom I consider as brothers. I vouch for them that they are not Reds and do not deserve to be red-tagged.”

He added: “Whoever is doing this has the malicious intent to sow divided and break our friendly relationship. I suspect that this is the handiwork of the Reds,” a reference to the NPA.

Police regional spokesperson Lieutenant Colonel Mardy Hortillosa said he supports those who are being red-tagged, “especially those [who] morally have no involvement in any activity of the CTG, but condemns those who support in any way to the CTG. The office will again repeatedly deny any involvement to the said red-tagging.”

State forces and law enforcers refer to NPA rebels as CTG or communist terrorist group. (PNA)





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