We are deeply aggrieved by the loss of our colleagues. They fearlessly faced danger in the name of delivering truth to the world, but despite loss and pain we will never waver. We will continue heralding exactly what we have seen, and what we have heard. That in due time, JUSTICE WILL PREVAIL.
UNTV CEO PRESS STATEMENT
Tatlong araw matapos na mangyari ang massacre sa Sitio Masalay, Brgy. Salman, Ampatuan, Maguindanao, idineklara ngayon ng Pangulong Gloria Arroyo ang araw na ito bilang national day of mourning.
Ang hakbangin ng Pangulo ay bilang pakikidalamhati at pakikisimpatiya ng buong bansa sa pamilya ng mga nasawi sa naturang karumal-dumal na krimen.
Nauna rito, umaabot na sa 48 mga bangkay ang na-recover sa muling pagpapatuloy ng paghuhukay ng mga otoridad sa lugar ng pinangyarihan.
The Philippines proved again it is one of the most dangerous countries for journalists, following the death of at least 24 people in Maguindanao, local and international media organizations said.
At least 12 journalists covering the filing of certificate of candidacy of Vice Mayor Ismael “Toto” Mangudadatu, and Mangudadatu’s wife Genalyn were among those killed.
“This incident not only erases all doubts about the Philippines being the most dangerous country for journalists in the world, outside of Iraq, it could very well place the country on the map as a candidate for a failed democracy,” the National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said in a statement.
Authorities have linked the murders to political rival Shariff Aguak Mayor Datu Andal Ampatuan, who has yet to give a statement to media outfits.
Among the journalists reportedly slain were Ian Subang (Dadiangas Times), Leah Dalmacio (Forum), Gina dela Cruz (Today), Marites Cablitas (Today), Joy Duhay (UNTV), Henry Araneta (DZRH), Andy Teodoro (Mindanao Inquirer), Neneng Montaño (formerly of RGMA), Bong Reblando, (Manila Bulletin), Victor Nuñez (UNTV), Macmac Ariola (UNTV), Jimmy Cabillo (UNTV), Bart Maravilla (Bombo Radyo, Koronadal) and lawyers Cynthia Oquendo and Connie Brizuela, according to a statement from University of the Philippines College of Mass Communication (UP CMC), citing reports.
“This is the darkest day in the history of journalism in the Philippines, which, outside of Iraq, has topped the tables of countries where journalists are most at risk in recent years,” said the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ).
Reporters Without Borders also condemned the ongoing culture of impunity in Mindanao, a region more known for extremists and clan wars.
“We have often condemned the culture of impunity and violence in the Philippines, especially Mindanao. This time, the frenzied violence of thugs working for corrupt politicians has resulted in an incomprehensible bloodbath. We call for a strong reaction from the local and national authorities,” Reporters Without Borders said.
Philippines’ Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility however reminded journalists to steer clear of any danger.
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