A radio reporter of dxND- Notra Dame Broadcasting Corporation, in
Kidapawan City, North Cotabato received over the radio station’s
hotline Tuesday morning threatening messages related to his reportage of alleged extortion activities of Land Transportation Office (LTO)
deputized agents .
The first of two messages addressed to Gil Bautista from a mobile
phone with the number 09236403639 read:
“Mr. Gil Bautista, kung hindi mo inumpisahan ang issue hindi kami malalagay sa alanganin dito sa LTO Kabacan.
Tandaan mo lang, kung maaalis kami dito, kasama kang maaalis sa mundo. Gago!” (Mr. Gil Bautista, if you did not start discussing on air the issue about LTO we will not be placed in this kind of
predicament. If we would be transferred from here, you surely would be
exterminated, too. You fool!”)
The second text message said: “Isang bala ka lang, Mr. Gil Bautista.
Dupang ka!” (You’re only worth one bullet, Mr. Gil Bautista.
You fool!) Upon verification, the number was no longer active.
The threats to Bautista were made after Cotabato Vice Gov Manny Piñol
proposed Monday the total revamp of the LTO Kabacan district over
complaints received against the agency.
Bautista has been tackling the issue for three weeks since it was
first mentioned during a session of the Sangguniang Panlalawigan.
The NUJP Kidapawan chapter has already reported the incident to
Kidapawan police chief, Supt. Chino Mamburan, and sought protection
for Bautista. #
IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office
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