I will never forget the Maguindanao Massacre happened on November 23, 2009 that was nearly killed 60 people including 30 journalists to cover the story on the filing of the certificate of the candidacy of the late wife of Maguindanao Gov. Ishmael “Toto” Mangudadatu. People watched the callous images that the lifeless victims were buried and backhoed the UNTV Media Crew Van by the private armies of the Ampatuans.
I watched the disturbing video that the radio commentator Jerome Tabanganay of DZRK Radyo ng Bayan in Tabuk City, Kalinga Apayao. The hot-headed Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac rushed inside the radio’s booth and smashed Tabanganay with a microphone during the live broadcast.
Gov Baac had stronger intentions to liquidate Tabanganay due to the alleged criticisms on the resurgence of jueteng in the province and reports implicating one of his relatives to illegal logging. His men believed, who are the jueteng operators, tried to burn down the radio station by lobbing Molotov cocktails in one of its rooms, but the security guard of the station was foiled it.
As a blogger, I am strongly condemned the barbaric deeds of Gov. Baac of hitting the broadcaster Tabanganay. I really support Tabanganay for his cause to expose the anomalies and corruption in Kalinga province.
I am addressing to Pres. Benigno Aquino, and to Sec Sonny Coloma of the Presidential Communications Operations Office to protect all journalists from brutal killings and such persecutions.
I call all bloggers to be eternally vigilant to culminate the never-ending violence against journalists here in the Philippines. I dedicate to all journalists to write and to search for the truth in this nation. Let’s protect all journalists better than too late.
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