Broadcaster shot dead in Agusan

The victim, 43-year-old Jonathan Petalvero, sustained a lone gunshot wound on the head from a .45 caliber pistol and was brought to the New Bayugan Doctors Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

News reports state the killing occurred on June 27 but PO2 Alan Conson of Bayugan police said their records show that it happened on June 25. Another account states that the killing happened on June 26.

Petalvero, who hosted the morning radio program “Balita at Komentaryo” in the local station dxFM “Frenster Radio,” was also a barangay (village) councilor.

According to PO2 Alan Conson, Petalvero was in a restaurant in the town of Bayugan at around 7:30 in the evening when the suspect came in and fired at him. Witnesses say the suspect then boarded a motorcycle and sped away.

Conson said there are no leads yet as to the motives for the killing or its mastermind. No sketch of the suspect has yet been released as witnesses say the gunman was wearing a ski mask, he added.

Radio station dxFM is owned by Bayugan Vice Mayor Genesis Efren who, according to reports, plans to run for city mayor in the 2010 elections against the son of incumbent Mayor Magdalena Asis.

Initial reports also state Petalvero was planning to run for either city council or vice mayor under Efren’s political party.

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Around 60 journalists held by army in Maguindanao for over an hour

Some 60 journalists from Manila and Mindanao were held for more than an hour this morning in Guindolongan, Maguindanao by elements of the Bravo Company of the 46th Infantry Battalion.

The journalists were on their way from Datu Piang to Cotabato in their second day of the three-day media coverage of the state of evacuees in Mindanao displaced by the continuing conflict between the government and the Moro islamic Liberation Front.

According to NUJP Vice Chair Nonoy Espina, who was among the journalists participating in the coverage, their convoy was stopped by the soldiers at Brgy. Bagan in Guindolongan as allegedly ordered by 601st Infantry Brigade commander Col. Medardo Geslani.

Reports state that Geslani later confirmed that he ordered his troops to stop all media personnel from entering the area and escort them to the headquarters, to which the journalists objected.

Reports further state that other journalists were wondering why only civilians were allowed to pass through without any explanation.

Geslina later explained to the Inquirer that his instructions were only for the purpose of ensuring the safety of the journalists and not intended to halt the fact-finding mission, saying that journalists are “vulnerable and potential targets of some armed groups.”

According the Espina, the journalists were held since 8 am and released only around past

Broadcaster shot dead in Agusan

A motorcycle-riding gunman shot and killed a radio blocktimer in Brgy. Poblacion in Bayugan, Agusan del Sur.

The victim, 43-year-old Jonathan Petalvero, sustained a lone gunshot wound on the head from a .45 caliber pistol and was brought to the New Bayugan Doctors Hospital where he was declared dead on arrival.

News reports state the killing occurred on June 27 but PO2 Alan Conson of Bayugan police said their records show that it happened on June 25. Another account states that the killing happened on June 26.

Petalvero, who hosted the morning radio program “Balita at Komentaryo” in the local station dxFM “Frenster Radio,” was also a barangay (village) councilor.

According to PO2 Alan Conson, Petalvero was in a restaurant in the town of Bayugan at around 7:30 in the evening when the suspect came in and fired at him. Witnesses say the suspect then boarded a motorcycle and sped away.

Conson said there are no leads yet as to the motives for the killing or its mastermind. No sketch of the suspect has yet been released as witnesses say the gunman was wearing a ski mask, he added.

Radio station dxFM is owned by Bayugan Vice Mayor Genesis Efren who, according to reports, plans to run for city mayor in the 2010 elections against the son of incumbent Mayor Magdalena Asis.

Initial reports also state Petalvero was planning to run for either city council or vice mayor under Efren’s political party.

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Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Kung makagagapos lamang ang luha’y,

Malaon nang nasaklot ang guni-guni sa Hades.

At ang langkay ng mga buwitre’y bundat na–

Sa pagnanasa’t lasing sa malapot na dugo.

Kaluluwa’y nakasalang sa lagablab na apoy,

Habang tinutupok ang dunong at ulirat.

Upang ihandusay sa Golgota,

Ang mga kalansay at bungo ng kahapon.

Mga ngipin’y nangangalit sa galit,

Habang ginagahasa ang lakas ng kamao–

Na ibig nang humawak ng tabak at punglo;

Na ipangpupuksa sa anino ng burgisya.

Kung humulagpos man ang pag-asa,

Sa animo’y nakasusulasok na kamandag;

ng serpeyenteng uhaw sa pakikibaka–

At ng sigbin na alipin ng elitista.

Dapat lang tumindig upang bumigwas,

Ang pagkataong luray sa pang-aalipin.

Titindig at muli pa’y titindig ang tao,

Bago magtaliwakas ang di kawasang digma.

JVOAEJ Winners announced

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
For more information on the Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ), please contact the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility at any of the following numbers:  894-1314/894- 1326.

JVOAEJ Winners announced

The Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism (PCIJ) and VERA Files won the top prizes in the 20th Jaime V. Ongpin Awards for Excellence in Journalism (JVOAEJ) for works published in 2008.

The results of the competition were announced during the annual JVOAEJ ceremonies at the AIM Conference Center Manila on June 25. The Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility (CMFR) has been the administrative and technical secretariat of the JVOAEJ since 1990.

The JVOAEJ scanned the print media for investigative and explanatory articles published in 2008, and then focused on the urgent issues of governance and corruption, human rights, and the environment to encourage reporting on these urgent issues. This year a fourth theme was added: the financial and economic crisis.

“Aid inflow sparks scandals for GMA, debt woes for RP” by Roel Landingin of the PCIJ (published in BusinessWorld and The Philippine Star on February 11-13, 2008 and in Malaya on February 11-14, 2008) and the VERA Files article “Quedancor swine program another fertilizer scam” by Diosa Labiste, Luz Rimban and Yvonne Chua (published in the BusinessMirror on September 2 and 4, 2008, Malaya and The Manila Times on September 1-3, 2008 and Philippines Graphic on September 15, 22 and 29, 2008) were judged the best reports of 2008. Each received a plaque of distinction and a cash prize of P70,000. Roel Landingin was also a top prize winner in last year’s JVOAEJ and was the winner of the Australian Ambassador’s Award.

The following articles each won a plaque of merit and a cash prize of P25,000:

A POLICY OF BETRAYAL
By Miriam Grace Go
abs-cbnNEWS. com/Newsbreak
Published in The Philippine Star on March 15-17, 2008

SQUATTERS AND THE CITY
By Cherry Ann T. Lim and Rene H. Martel
Editor:  Cherry Ann T. Lim
Sun.Star Cebu
August 11-14, 2008

LESS THAN 10 PEOPLE IN PLOT; 5 CORE, 5 OTHERS ‘IN THE KNOW’
By Fe Zamora
Philippine Daily Inquirer
August 21-27, 2008
The Embassy of Canada announced that the Marshall McLuhan Prize, a travel study tour of Canada, will go to Diosa Labiste. This is the 13th year that the Embassy of Canada has awarded the Marshall McLuhan Prize in the JVOAEJ.

The first JVOAEJ was launched in 1990 to honor the late Jaime V.  Ongpin who was secretary of finance during the Aquino administration. A press freedom advocate, Ongpin was involved in the struggle against the Marcos dictatorship and was instrumental in harnessing public support for the restoration of democracy.

The JVOAEJ this year was sponsored by the Open Society Foundation Media Program and Ateneo de Manila University.

The finalists in this year’s JVOAEJ awards were:

‘POLITICAL KILLINGS NOT OFFICIAL BUT AN UNINTENDED POLICY’
By Nikko Dizon, Jocelyn R. Uy and Leila B. Salaverria
Editor: Fernando del Mundo
Philippine Daily Inquirer
May 9-12, 2008

US SUBPRIME CRISIS:  WHY WE SHOULD WORRY
By Des Ferriols
The Philippine Star
October 11-14, 2008
THE MANY FACES OF BRIBERY
By Aries Rufo
abs-cbnNEWS. com/Newsbreak
Published in The Philippine Star on September 11-13, 2008

All the finalists received a plaque and a cash prize of P10,000.

This year, the JVOAEJ also gave out two plaques of special mention to the Philippine Daily Inquirer for “The NBN-ZTE controversy report” published on January 30-31, February 8 and 11, May 14 and November 23, 2008 and Newsbreak for “The big dig” published July/September 2008.

Ang Dating Daan boycotts giant TV Network GMA, Bro. Eli decries harassment

Manila, Philippines (6/23/09) – The congregation of the Members Church of God, International (MCGI), more popularly known as Ang Dating Daan (ADD) have declared a formal boycott on GMA, a giant television network in the country for its biased and uncalled-for airing of a case against its Presiding Minister filed by one he had excommunicated in 2005.

Full story:  http://kotawinters.wordpress.com/2009/06/23/ang-dating-daan-boycotts-giant-network-gma-bro-eli-decries-harassment/

ALERT: Bangued media offices attacked by gunmen

Unidentified gunmen fired several shots at the offices of Bangued-based Catholic-run newspaper Abra Today, and its radio affiliates DZPA and Spirit FM radio DWWM last night.

According to a report by Artemio Dumlao, two men in separate motorcycles fired at the steel gates of the St. Arnold Janssen Communication Center, which houses the said media offices, at around 9 pm.

The center was serving as a refuge to Abra Today senior reporter Marjorie Trinidad-Bandayrel, whose house was also attacked by gunmen a few weeks ago. Trinidad believes that the attack had something to do with her reports about the Abra Electric Cooperative.

The report further states that Abra police director Sr. Supt. Charlo Collado has already ordered an investigation, while Bangued town mayor Dominic Valera condemned the attack and vowed to personally run after the perpetrators.