A reporter of GMA 7 in Iloilo City was manhandled inside a police
station Sunday morning by one of the parties involved in a traffic
accident she had been covering in Jaro District.
Charlene Belvis, 24, suffered scratches and bruises after she was
attacked by Andrea Gorriceta around 3:55 a.m.
Gorriceta was caught on tape slapping the reporter’s head while they
were about to enter the station. Minutes later, she was also shown
pulling and dragging Belvis by the hair, causing the reporter to hit
her head on the floor.
In a radio interview, Gorriceta claimed she had repeatedly asked
Belvis and her crew not to take footage. She was apparently irked when
the crew persisted and continued shooting.
The television crew located Gorriceta’s car along Jalandoni Street in
Jaro District and followed it to the police station. Belvis said they
were already taking footage of Gorriceta and the car from the accident
site to the station.
IFJ-NUJP Media Safety Office
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