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By Conrado de Quiros
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.
By Juan L. Mercado
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.”
By Conrado de Quiros
Only a few weeks ago, we marked the fourth anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre.
Joas Dignos (Valencia, Bukidnon, Nov. 29). Michael Milo (Tandag, Surigao del Sur, Dec. 7). Rogelio Butalid (Tagum City, Davao del Norte, Dec. 11).
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 [...]
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.
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.
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.
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 [...]
Last week was horribly costly for Philippine media, with three journalists murdered, one of them in front of his horrified wife and family. The killing of Richard Kho and Bonifacio Loreto Jr., columnists of the defunct Aksyon Ngayon, on the night of July 30, in front of Loreto’s home in Quezon City, and that [...]
Forty-four months after the Ampatuan massacre, President Aquino delivered his fourth State of the Nation Address, boasting of his accomplishments and plans, unmindful that in the first three years of his watch, journalists who report the true state of the nation every day continued to fall victim to attacks and killings.
The Dec. 1, 2012, editorial on the Maguindanao massacre (“Crime Philippines?”) hit the proverbial nail on the head when it stressed an evident truth: Not only journalists but also ordinary citizens have been victimized by various forms of criminality in what appears to be a breakdown of law and order across the country.