Requiem for Ferdie


 (Read by the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines – NUJP Davao

and Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas – KBP-Davao/Region XI,

for Ferdie Lintuan

as he was laid to his grave on December 30, 2007, Buhangin Memorial Park, Davao City)

 

 

As we gather in this place of rest and quiet today, we remember with pain and anguish that fateful eve of Christmas when assailants pumped bullets into Fernando Batman Lintuan, our colleague; his crusading voice in the air lanes, we can no longer hear.

 

It is now forever silenced…

 

Today we lay Ferdie to rest. But what peace if justice is not yet served? If the masterminds are not yet caught? What peace when we continue to be confronted by the reality that journalists are still not free from conditions that make press freedom in this country far from how it should be?

 

This light we carry is the symbol, that just as it chases away the dark, through our unwavering fight for justice, the flicker that brings the truth about his death, in the end, prevails.

 

Goodbye, Ferds, our colleague, an imperfect soul, yes. But a true friend to all, a fellow traveler, a media crusader…

 

We shall keep the light burning!

 

 

JUSTICE FOR FERDIE!

 STOP KILLING JOURNALISTS!

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PGMA, Walang Kredibilidad ayon sa mga Survey

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Sa pagpasok ng taong 2008, papaano kaya tatanggapin ni Juan dela Cruz ang naging pamamalakad ng administrasyong Arroyo sa kaniyang halos pitong taong pamamalagi sa kanyang poder bilang Punong Ehikutibo ng bansang Pilipinas. Hindi maikakaila ng Palasyo sa taumbayan ang kaliwa’t kanan na mga kilos protesta ng iba’t ibang progresibong grupo at maging ang mga religious groups upang manawagan na bumaba sa kanyang puwesto si presidente Arroyo .

Maging sa hanay ng sandatahang lakas, minsang pang tinangka ng ilang opisyal sa hanay ng militar na palitan ang kasalukuyang administrasyon na ang pinaka huli ay noong ngang Nobyembre 29, nang magwalk out sa hearing sa Makati Trial Court sina Sen. Antonio Trillanes, Gen. Danilo Lim at ang ilang Magdalo soldiers na tutol sa panunungkulan ni Arroyo na tinaguriang Makati Pen Siege.

Ang mga kontrobersyal na isyu tulad ng ZTE Boardband deal, ang Hello Garci Scandal, Extra Judicial killings sa hanay ng mga militante at peryodista, ang mga pagsabog sa iba’t ibang panig ng bansa at ang ginawang paglampaso ng Opposition senators sa mga kandidato ni pangulong Arroyo sa nakalipas ng senatorial election ay tanda na maraming mga Pilipino ang ayaw na sa panunungkulan ni ginang Arroyo. Isa sa mga naging matibay na batayan ay nang manalo si LT/SG Antonio Trillanes IV bilang senador na nakakuha ng mahigit 11 milyon na boto. Kung susuriin mahigit 11 milyong Pilipino ang lantarang isinusuka si PGMA bilang isang protest vote.

Ang lahat ng pangyayaring ito ay pawang sangkot diumano si pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo . At ito ay nagresulta ng pagbulusok bababa at negatibong imahen ng pangulo at ng bansang Pilipinas sa International community.

Base sa magkakahiwalay na survey na isinagawa ng iba’t ibang organisasyon hindi lamang sa Pilipinas kundi maging pati sa ibang bansa. Hindi na umano bago para sa mga Pilipino kung negatibo ang magiging resulta sa mga isinagawang survey dahil na rin diumano sa talamak ng korupsyon at katiwalian sa gobyerno.

Ayon sa nakalap na impormasyon ng Pulse Asia na isinagawa noong Oktubre 20 hanggang 31 sa buong bansa, lumalabas na 42% ng mga respondents ang naniniwalang pinaka-corrupt na pangulo sa buong kasaysayan ng Pilipinas ay si Pangulong Gloria Macapagal Arroyo, samantalang ikalawa naman sa puwesto si Ferdinand Marcos (35%), ikatlo si Joseph Estrada (16%), ikaapat si Fidel V. Ramos (5%) at ang huli ay si Corazon Aquino (1%) sa limang naging pangulo ng bansa mula noong dekada 60.

Samantala, kasama rin sa TOP 10 ang bansang Pilipinas sa pinakabagong survey ng Global Corruption Barometer 2007 ng Transparency International, napakatalamak ang barya-baryang lagayan sa mga bansang Cameroon, Cambodia, Albania, Kosovo, Macedonia, Pakistan, Nigeria, Senegal, Romania at ang pang sampu ay ang PILIPINAS.

Ang naging batayan umano ng nasabing survey ay ang Petty Bribes o ang suhulan na barya barya lamang na ang karaniwang nagiging biktima ay ang mga kababayan nating mahihirap tulad ng kotong sa mga driver ng jeep, taxi, delivery trucks, bus sa kalsada. Kasama rin dito ang mga nangyayaring suhulan sa munisipyo, mga ahensya ng gobyerno at maging sa mga tindera sa palengke at tiangian.

Kung pag-uusapan ang malakihang kopursyon sa buong mundo, pang-walo naman ang Pilipinas sa pinaka corrupt na bansa ayon naman sa Global Corruption Report. Ang bansang Haiti ang numerong unong pinaka corrupt sa buong mundo samantalang ang mga bansang Finland, Iceland at New Zealand ang naitalang mga “least corrupt country” ayon na rin sa survey.

Sa buong Asya, pinalitan naman ng bansang Pilipinas bilang Top one ang may pinaka maraming kasong korupsyon at talamak sa katiwalian ang bansang Indonesia mula sa labing tatlong bansa sa Asya. Ito ay batay naman sa report ng Hong Kong-based Political and Economic Risk Consultancy (PERC) sa isinagawang pagsisiyasat ng may halos 1,500 expatriate businessmen sa buong Asya.

Lumalabas sa mga resulta ng pag-aaral…(Top 10 sa Petty Bribes ng Global Corruption Barometer 2007 ng Transparency International , Number 8 sa World corruption at Number 1 sa Asya ng Global Corruption Report at numero uno naman si pangulong Arroyo sa pinaka corrupt na pangulo sa bansa ng Pulse Asia) ipinakikita lamang ng mga report at survey na ito kung gaano talaga kalawak ang problema sa katiwalian sa ating bansa.

Ano kaya ang reaksyon ni Juan dela Cruz sa mga pangyayaring ito?

Ang hagupit ng kalikasan

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Bayan

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Mutyang Pilipinas ang ating tahanan,

Dumaan sa hapis, pagluha at lumbay;

Sa maraming taon alipin ng panglaw

Pag-asa’y giniba nitong agam-agam.


Ang umid na tinig nitong ating bayan,

Sa nasang pagsigaw ng katotohanan;

Tanging mga luha dahang lumilitaw

Na umindang pilit hapo na at pagal.


Kelan malalagot ang muhi’t hilahil?

Sa sumpang kay pait ng pagka-alipin.

Kalayaa’t dangal handa ng ilibing,

Tayo ba’y luluhod sa alok ng lagim?


Ang mga bayaning huwaran sa tatag,

Na hindi nasupil sa mga bagabag.

Bagkus pa’y lumaban sa sigwang kay alab

Buhay ma’y masawi aariing ganap.


Bayan ko ba’y sawi kung siya’y tumaghoy,

Tanikalang dusa na ang dala’y luoy?

Anupa’t pagpiglas sa huwad na dunong,

Pagbibigkis-diwa ang ibinubulong.


Panahon na bayan at ating ibalik,

Yaong kalayaang minsang naiwaglit.

Soberanyang tunay na ipinagkait

Dapat lang makamtan nang di na humibik.

Court orders arrest of Cebu journalist

The Regional Trial Court handling the libel case against veteran Cebu journalist Leo Lastimosa yesterday issued a warrant for his arrest.

 

Lastimosa is the station manager of dyAB, news anchor of ABS-CBN Cebu and a columnist of the newspaper The Freeman.

 

Judge Geraldine Econg yesterday signed a one-page order finding probable cause against Lastimosa.

 

The libel case was filed by Cebu Governor Gwendolyn Garcia for Lastimosa’s column published in the Freeman on April 14 this year.  Titled “Paugat ni Gwen”, it criticized the alleged anomalies committed during the preparation for the 12th Summit of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations in Cebu, including the construction of the Cebu International Convention Center, the governor’s centerpiece project.

 

Bail was set at P10,000.

Murder of Davao broadcaster is fifth media killing this year

Fernando “Batman” Lintuan, the first president of the Davao Sportswriters Association and broadcaster of DXGO Aksyon Radyo, was gunned down at close range at around 10 am this morning in front of the station.

 

His death brought to five the number of journalists killed in 2007 and to 54 the number of journalists killed under the Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo administration.

 

Reports from the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines Davao Chapter stated that a gunman riding on a motorcycle shot Lintuan while on board a car, about to leave the station. Lintuan was hit in the head.

 

Two other broadcasters, Louie Ceniza and Edgar Banzon were with him in the car. It is unknown if the two were hurt in the incident.

 

Lintuan is the fifth Davao journalist to be killed since 1986. Broadcaster Jun Porras Pala was killed Sept. 6, 2003, while Narciso Balani, Rogie Zagado and Leo Palo were all killed on August 27, 1987. All were with dxRA Aksyon Radyo. Davao photojournalist Gene Boyd Lumawag, on the other hand, was in assignment in Jolo, Sulu when shot on November 12, 2004.

 

The other journalists killed this year were Hernani Pastolero (Sultan Kudarat), Carmelito Palacios (Nueva Ecija), Dodie Nunez (Cavite) and Vicente Sumalpong (Tawi-Tawi).

 

Lintuan left behind four children.

 

 

(IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office)

Reference:
Rowena Paraan
Executive Coordinator, IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office

CP no. 09293772787

Davao broadcaster gunned down on Christmas


We condemn in the strongest way possible the murder of broadcaster Fernando “Batman” Lintuan, the first president of the Davao Sportswriters Association.

Initial reports revealed that a gunman riding on a motorcycle shot Mr. Lintuan at close range while he was on board a car leaving his radio station, DXGO Aksyon Radyo, at about 10 am today. He sustained a gunshot wound in the head.

Two other broadcasters, Louie Ceniza and Edgar Banzon were with him in the car.

This was the second attempt on the life of Batman, as he is fondly called by friends and family. The first attempt was in the late 1980s when he and other broadcasters were shot at inside the booth of radio station DXRA.

He was also an official of the Philippine Sports Commission at the time of his death.

The killing of Mr. Lintuan only shows how barbaric this society has become and how dangerous it is for members of the Fourth Estate to do their duties in this part of the globe.

This is doubly sorrowful for the media community here considering that Batman was murdered on the eve of Christmas Day that while other people are celebrating the nativity, his family will lose its only breadwinner as he already lost his wife to cancer a few years ago.

The late broadcaster was known for his stinging commentaries against erring politicians, backing this up with good research and evidence.

We call on the authorities to conduct an in-depth probe on the killing of Mr. Lintuan and bring those people involved to the bar of justice.

For Reference:

Carmelito Q. Francisco

Chairperson

National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) – Davao Chapter