Joint NUJP and CCJD statement on Dr. Gerry Ortega’s killing

Joint Statement of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)

and Center for Community Journalism and Development (CCJD)

Today, we commit Dr. Gerry Ortega to the earth he loved and for which he offered his life.

As we do so, we vow that the ideals of freedom of expression and ideas, a free press, and the truth, which he embodied in life, do not die with him but will flourish in the service of the people’s right to know.

Neither shall we rest until we find justice for Doc Gerry’s death and for the 141 other colleagues murdered before him since 1986. We demand that government order all investigating agencies to get their acts together and conduct a unified, coordinated and transparent investigation, leaving no stone unturned until all those responsible, especially the masterminds, are caught and punished.

We demand that government secure Doc Gerry’s family and all witnesses, and provide them with all the assistance they deserve.

Lastly, we demand, in light of persistent reports of a possible escalation of violence against our colleagues in Palawan, that government guarantee their safety and nip in the bud any and all threats. If any more blood is spilled, we will hold government accountable.

January 29, 2011

Reference:

Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary-general

Red Batario, CCJD executive director


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Iloilo publisher-editor wounded in attack

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES

Alert
January 28, 2011

Lemuel Fernandez, publisher-editor of the Iloilo-based Western Visayas
Daily Guardian, suffered a head injury after an unknown assailant hit him on
the head with a hard object around 9:30 p.m. Wednesday.

Francis Allan Angelo, the newspaper’s managing editor, said he and
Fernandez had just finished editing Thursday’s issue of the newspaper and
were about to board their vehicles when the assailant struck Fernandez in
front of their office in Molo District in Iloilo City.

Angelo said he rushed to Fernandez after he heard him cry out for help and
saw him holding the back of his neck, already bloodied. He then brought his
superior to the Iloilo St. Paul’s Hospital for treatment.

Fernandez told Angelo that his assailant who immediately fled was in short
pants and wearing a white shirt.

Aside from being the publisher-editor, Fernandez also hosts the newspaper’s
weekly radio program “The Guardia On Air.”

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES – ILOILO (NUJP Iloilo)

January 27, 2010
STATEMENT ON THE ATTACK AGAINST PUBLISHER-EDITOR LEMUEL FERNANDEZ
The NUJP -Iloilo Chapter strongly condemns the attack against Mr. Lemuel Fernandez, publisher-editor of the Western Visayas The Daily Guardian in Iloilo City on the evening of January 26.
The NUJP  likewise calls on concerned authorities, especially the Philippine National Police (PNP),  to conduct a thorough investigation of the incident even as it also encourages members of the tri-media to be always on guard and put  personal safety above all other priorities.
The failure on the part of concerned authorities to take appropriate action on the matter may cause a chilling effect to other media colleagues who are regarded as defenders of press freedom.
Let us not allow the perception that society today is getting harsh and lawlessness is creeping in our midst.
The organization also extends sympathy to Mr. Fernandez who sustained a deep cut at the back of his head after he was assaulted by a still an unidentified suspect.
Mr. Fernandez was about to board his vehicle parked in front of their office along M.H. Del Pilar Street in Molo district when the assailant struck him on the head.
Bert Ladera
Chairman
NUJP-Iloilo


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Sct. Tuason Street (near T. Morato Ave),
Bgry. Laging Handa,
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (+632) 3767330
Email: nujphil@gmail.com
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RMN Palawan commentator shot dead

142nd since 1986

RMN Palawan commentator shot dead

Dr. Gerardo Ortega, commentator of RMN Palawan and staunch critic of the current governor and of mining operations in the island province, was shot on the head and died on the spot. The incident happened inside a garments’ shop in Puerto Princesa City at past 11 am today.

Ortega was the anchor of the daily primetime program “Ramatak” which aired over dwAR, RMN’s local affiliate.

The gunman fled on foot after shooting Ortega but was reportedly arrested by the police and is now undergoing interrogation.

 

Ortega is the 142nd journalist killed since 1986 when democracy was restored in the Philippine after Ferdinand Marcos was toppled.

If the killing is proven to be work-related, he would be the second to be murdered under President Noynoy Aquino. The first was radio reporter Miguel Belen of Iriga, Camarines Sur.

 

 

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP)

ALERT

January 24, 2011

Reference

Rowena Paraan, NUJP Secretary General and Media Safety Office Coordinator


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Sct. Tuason Street (near T. Morato Ave),
Bgry. Laging Handa,
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (+632) 3767330
Email: nujphil@gmail.com
Web: www.nujp.org (under construction)
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Kuya Daniel Razon, Simbolo ng Tunay na Serbisyo Publiko (Ikalawang Bagting)

Rey Tamayo, Jr.

Tulong muna, Bago Balita – ito ang bago at pangunahing adbokasiya ni Kuya Daniel Razon na isa lamang sa kaniyang maraming proyekto sa larangan ng industriya ng pagbabalita sa bansa.

Matatandaang kamakailan lamang ay opisyal na inilunsad sa publiko ang nasabing proyekto kung saan kasabay ng pagsalubong ng pagpapalit ng taon ay pinatunayan ng buong puwersa ng UNTV 37 sa pakikipagtulungan na rin ng iba’t ibang organisasyon at ahensya ng pamahalaaan ay matagumpay na naisakatuparan ang nasabing proyekto. Na tulungan muna ang mga naging biktima ng insidente bago kumuha ng ibang detalye upang ibalita.

Ang natatanging sistemakitong proyektong ito ng UNTV ang nagbukas ng bagong mukha sa mundo ng pamamahayag. Bagay na isinasaisantabi ang ideyang indibidwalismo sa pagbabalita. Hindi na baleng hindi makakuha ng esklusibong report, matulungan lamang ang mga biktima nito.

Ang tradisyunal at nakakahong ideyalismo sa larangan ng pamamahayag ay tahasang binasag at winakasan ng UNTV sa pangunguna ni Kuya Daniel.

Ang panibagong pagsasalarawan ng paghahatid ng makabuluhang balita ay hindi lamang nililimitahan sa pagkuha ng detalye, anggulo, impormasyon at kritisismo ng isang pangunahing pangyayari. Saklaw nito ang ekstensyon ng pagkakawanggawa at pagtulong sa kapwa tao hindi lamang sa mga kapus-palad  kundi maging sa ating mga kababayang naipit sa gitna ng sakuna, aksidente sa lansangan at mga biktima ng iba’t ibang krimen.

Tunay na hindi matatawaran ang ginagawa ng pamunuan ng UNTV katuwang ang grupong Ang Dating Daan sa pangunguna ni Bro. Eli Soriano. Magugunitang ang grupong Ang Dating Daan ang siyang pangunahing religious organization sa Pilipinas na nagsasagawa ng libreng serbisyo publiko hindi lamang sa mga miyembro nito kundi maging sa ating mga kababayan na nangangailangan ng tulong.

Ilan lamang sa mga proyektong inilunsad na magkatuwang sina Bro. Eli at Kuya Daniel ay ang pagtatayo ng mga transient home sa Quezon City at Pampanga, ang nationwide na libreng sakay sa jeep, bus at lantsa; libreng edukasyon mula elementarya hanggang kolehiyo sa La Verdad Christian School and College na may dalawa ng sangay; sa Caloocan City at Apalit, Pampanga. Ang araw-araw na libreng medical mission sa buong bansa, mga libreng konsultasyon sa mga abogado na may suliraning legal at ang pinakahuli ay nang ilunsad ng Department of Education at katulong muli ang UNTV sa kauna-unahang mobile school sa bansa na tinawag na Dunong Gulong kung saan makikinabang partikular na ang mga out-of-school youth sa bansa. Ang dalawang mobile school ay iikot sa iba’t ibang mga lalawigan sa bansa upang maihatid ang libreng edukasyon na iniaalok ng DepEd.

Ang aksyon na ito ni Kuya Daniel ay isang kongkretong manipestasyon na ang pagtulong sa kapwa tao ay marapat lamang na samantalahin hangga’t mayroong pagkakataon na makatulong sa nangangailangan.

Dedikasyon at sinsero sa paggawa ng mabuti ang ilan sa mga panguhaning elemento ng tunay na pagkakawanggawa. At ang mga elementong ito ay taglay ni Kuya Daniel.

Hindi lamang sa pangangalap ng balita nagtatapos ang tungkulin ng mga mamamahayag sa publiko kundi hanggang sa pakikisangkot mismo ng bawat indibidwal.

Pinatunayan na ng mahabang panahon at karanasan na si Kuya Daniel Razon ang simbolo ng tunay na serbisyo publiko sa bansa.

Photo by: Kenji Hasegawa

“Balita”

Balita

by Asin

 

Chorus:

Lapit mga kaibigan at makinig kayo
ako’y may dala dalang balita galing sa bayan ko
nais kong ipamahagi ang mga kwento at
ang mga pangyayaring nagaganap sa lupang ipinangako

I
Ang lupang pinanggalingan ko’y may bahid ng dugo
may mga lorong di makalipad nasa hawlang ginto
may mga puno walang dahon
mga pusong di makakibo
sa mga pangyayaring nagaganap sa lupang ipinangako

II
Mula ng makita ko ang lupang ito
nakita ko rin ang munting apoy sa puso ng tao
ginatungan ng mga kabulukan hanggang sa lumago,
ngayon ang puso’y may takot sa lupang ipinangako
(Repeat chorus)

III
Dati rati ang mga bukid ay kulay ginto
dati rati’y ang mga ibon sinlaya ng tao
dati rati ay katahimikan, ang musikang nagpapatulog

sa mga batang walang muwang sa mundo

IV
Ngayon ang lupang ipinangako ay nagsusumamo
patakan n’yo ng luha ang apoy sa kanyang puso
dinggin n’yo ang mga sigaw ng mga puso
ng taong una n’yong dadamhing kabilang sa inyo

V
Duul mga kaigsuunan nugpaminaw kamo
duna koy dala nga mga balita gikan sa banwa ko
gusto ko nga i pahibalo ang mga istorya

nga nagagahitabu sa banwagisa na to

 

 

 

 

How to breed impunity

It has been a year since Iligan City Councilor Chonilo Ruiz barged into the announcer’s booth of radio station dxRJ and mauled Albert Loyola as he anchored the morning program “Radyo Patrol.”

It has been a year since this brazen display of abuse of power, which was broadcast live to the audience of dxRJ.

It has been a year since the supposed public servant, Ruiz, chose to reply with brute force to a valid issue of public interest raised against him.

It has been a year since Ruiz said he saw no reason to apologize forwhat he did.

A year since, and still Ruiz has not been called to account.

This is how to breed impunity, to let such abuses go unpunished.

This is why more than 140 journalists have been murdered since 1986 and yet only a handful of gunmen and none of the masterminds have been convicted.

This is why those who wish to silence the independent Philippine press are emboldened to continue harassing, threatening, attacking and killing journalists in this supposed democracy.

The Albert Loyola case is the perfect example of why we say government is and should be held accountable for all assaults on press freedom, and why more and more observers here and abroad are driven to consider the Philippines a weak, if not failed, democracy.

If a state cannot protect what it acknowledges is a vital pillar of democracy, it cannot be expected to protect its own people.

 

 

NATIONAL UNION OF JOURNALISTS OF THE PHILIPPINES (NUJP)

January 13, 2011
Statement

Reference:
Nestor Burgos Jr.
Rowena Paraan

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4/L FSS Bldg. # 89 Sct. Castor corner
Sct. Tuason Street (near T. Morato Ave),
Bgry. Laging Handa,
Quezon City, Philippines
Tel.: (+632) 3767330
Email: nujphil@gmail.com
Web: www.nujp.org (under construction)
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“There can be no press freedom if journalists
exist in conditions of corruption, poverty or fear”
— IFJ

Uphold press freedom, sanction Balauag

Uphold press freedom, sanction Balauag

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines demands that the
Philippine National Police immediately investigate and sanction
Superintendent Ramon Balauag, intelligence officer of the Quezon
provincial police office, for maltreating a journalist who was on
legitimate coverage.

We also raise concerns over Balauag’s apparent penchant for violating
human rights, as witnessed by the harassed journalist, ABS-CBN dzMM
reporter Johnny Glorioso, right inside the Quezon provincial police
headquarters on Wednesday.

According to the NUJP Quezon chapter and the NUJP media safety office,
Glorioso had gone to Camp Nakar to get a follow up report on the
capture of New People’s Army commander Tirso Alcantara and another
alleged rebel, Apolinario Cuarto.

While there, Glorioso learned, from a copy of a report given him by
Balauag himself, that Cuarto was an employee of the provincial
government.

When he sought clarification on this, he saw inside Balauag’s office a
handcuffed and blindfolded man, who turned out to be Cuarto, being
made to sign a document.

When he entered the office, however, he was met by Balauag who grabbed
the reporter’s shoulder and shoved him out the door.

“When I asked him why he had to shove me and why was the man
blindfolded while being asked to sign a paper, he answered that it was
their SOP (standard operating procedure),” Glorioso told the NUJP
safety office.

As a result of Balauag’s manhandling, the 66-year old Glorioso said
the pain he has been feeling in his left shoulder since suffering a
stroke last year has intensified.

That a ranking law enforcer like Balauag can display such an arrogant
disregard for press freedom is cause for real concern and certainly
gives a glimpse into why those who would silence the independent
Philippine press are able to do so with impunity as evinced by the
more than 100 unsolved media killings.

It is equally disturbing that Balauag can so brazenly describe a gross
violation of human rights, as witnessed by Glorioso, as “standard
operating procedure.”

If, indeed, such behavior as Balauag’s is standard procedure among our
law enforcers, not to mention the other armed services, then we dread
for the future of democracy and freedom in our country.

Nevertheless, we challenge Malacanang, the Department of Interior and
Local Government and Philippine National Police to prove Balauag wrong
by sending a clear
and unequivocal message that he and his ilk have no place in the service.

References:
Nestor Burgos Jr, NUJP Chair
Rowena Paraan, NUJP Secretary-General