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Democracy under Aquino rule a tenuous claim

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines-Quezon Chapter strongly condemns the fatal attack against our colleague Rubylita Garcia, 52, a reporter for Remate.

Posted: April 16th, 2014 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »


The World Bank says the Philippines is poised to remain the fastest-growing economy in Southeast Asia this year, as President Aquino’s administration ramps up infrastructure and reconstruction spending to beat the clock in the last two years of his term.

Posted: April 12th, 2014 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Unfair game


As impunity goes, the murder of Rubylita Garcia ranks way up there. Garcia was a 52-year-old reporter who had worked for Remate for more than 20 years.

Posted: April 10th, 2014 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Still, impunity


Ukul Talumpa was the mayor of Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur. He, his wife, a 25-year-old relative, and a year-and-a-half old infant were shot and killed by gunmen as they emerged into the bay area from Naia 3. The gunmen, as usual, rode on motorcycles and drove away before terrified guards and onlookers could react. Not as usual, they wore cops’ uniforms underneath their jackets. How they managed to evade every security check in the airport, only they, and NAIA 3 officials, can say. There is no CCTV to record what happened.

Posted: December 22nd, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Wasteland operators


Inquirer’s headline summed up the festering issue: “Some journalists had it coming, the probers say.” They were referring to the recent killings that victimized three Mindanao—no, not journalists—“block-timers.”

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Editor's Pick,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »



Only a few weeks ago, we marked the fourth anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre.

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Columnists,Columns,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

In media killings, Aquino just as guilty as hitmen

Joas Dignos (Valencia, Bukidnon, Nov. 29). Michael Milo (Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 7). Rogelio Butalid (Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Dec. 11).

Posted: December 16th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Serious enough?

In the span of 12 days, four journalists in four provinces were attacked by unidentified gunmen. Three of them died, and one was seriously injured. If this murderous spree does not set alarm bells ringing in the corridors of Malacañang, perhaps there aren’t any alarm bells in place?   The spree started a week after [...]

Posted: December 12th, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial | Read More »

DOJ and the Ampatuan trial

All over media can be heard the agonizing lament of the victims’ kin, and perhaps the entire citizenry, that four years after the horrific Maguindanao massacre, the conclusion of the criminal cases filed against those allegedly liable is not even in sight.

Posted: December 1st, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Nov. 23 massacre also a reproach to ratings-driven media

It has been four years since 58 people, 32 of them media workers, were slaughtered on a hilltop in Sitio (sub-village) Masalay, Barangay (village) Salman,
Ampatuan, Maguindanao, in what is now acknowledged as the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history and the single deadliest attack on the media on record.

Posted: November 24th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »

Impunity reigns

Nineteen journalists have been killed for their work in the Philippines since Benigno Aquino III assumed the presidency in 2010. And in 2013 alone, at least 66 instances of threats, physical assaults, illegal arrests, libel suits and other forms of harassment were recorded.

Posted: November 23rd, 2013 in Editor's Pick,Editorial,Inquirer Opinion | Read More »

Killing of journalists continuing

Eighteen journalists have been killed for their work in the three years of the Aquino administration. There were five in the last three months. The administration record is still below that of the Arroyo regime (80 killings over a nine-year period). But the number of journalists slain in this administration has surpassed those of the [...]

Posted: September 12th, 2013 in Inquirer Opinion,Letters to the Editor | Read More »



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