The Center for Media Freedom & Responsibility (CMFR) welcomes the Inquirer’s calling public attention to the continuing killing of journalists and media workers in the Philippines, this time through its May 26 editorial “Stop the killings.”
The killing of Digos, Davao del Sur radio journalist Sammy Oliverio last Friday, by unknown gunmen, is another brutal reminder that journalism in the Philippines remains a very risky trade—and that the Aquino administration has failed to stop the national catastrophe of media killings.
President Aquino’s reply to an American reporter, during his joint press conference with US President Barack Obama, clearly illustrated how much our illustrious leader really cares about media murders and extrajudicial killings in general—zilch.
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.
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.