Does P-Noy care for murdered journalists?



March 5, 2012 Statement of National Press Club President Jerry S. Yap.


Does P-Noy care for murdered journalists?


                On March 2, 2012, an Iloilo broadcaster was shot. He is now in a hospital. But this is not the point.

                A few days before Benigno Simeon Aquino III took his oath as the 15th President of the Republic, he was greeted by three incidents of three journalists getting murdered.  After taking his oath with a big note on war versus “wang-wang”, P-Noy was welcomed to his office by two journalists murdered in a week.

                Right on his first State of the Nation Address (SONA), he announced the filing of cases against persons suspected in murdering radio commentator Jose Daguio on July 3, 2010 in Tabuk, Kalinga and persons tagged as the ones who killed radio field report Miguel Belen on July 9, 2010 in Nabua, Camarines Sur.

                A week after the SONA, Salida tabloid publisher Edliberto Cruz was shot dead on August 1, 2010 in Cabanatuan City.  Nothing has been heard on this case since then.

                Before 2010 came to a close, Mindanao Inquirer columnist Edison Flameniana Sr. was shot dead on December 10, 2010 in Labangan, Zamboanga del Sur.  Nothing has been heard on this case.

                On January 24, 2011, radio broadcaster Dr. Gerry “Doc Gerry” Ortega was shot dead inside an ukay-ukay store in Puerto Princesa City.  The Department of Justice dismissed the charges against suspected masterminds, former governors Joel T. Reyes of Palawan and Antonio Carreon of Marinduque, Reyes’ administrator Romeo Serratubias, and others.

                A week later, broadcaster Cirilo Gallarado was shot dead on February 1, 2011 in Bangued, Abra. Nothing has been heard of this case.

                A month later, broadcaster Len Flores Somera was shot dead in Maysilo, Malabon City on March 24, 2011. Nothing has been heard of her case.

                On June 13, 2011, reporter-announcer Romeo Olea was killed in Iriga, Camarines Sur.  Nothing has been heard of his case.

                On August 22, 2011, broadcaster Niel Aranga Jimena was shot dead in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental.  Nothing has been heard of his case.

                On October 14, 211, Manobo tribesman broadcaster Datu Roy Quijada Gallego was shot dead in Liangga, Surigao del Sur. Nothing has been heard of his case.

                On November 11, 2011, newsman Alfredo “Dodong” Velardo Jr. was shot dead in General Santos City.  Nothing has been heard of his case.

                On January 5, 2012, broadcaster writer Christopher Guarin was shot dead in Barangay Lagao, General Santos City.  Nothing has been heard of this case, too.

                On March 2, 2012, block timer radio commentator Fernando Gabio was shot in Jaro, Iloilo City. Luckily, he is still recuperating at Iiloilo Mission Hospital.  His case will go to naught, too.

                With this list of unresolved crimes of murdering newsmen just going longer, can the National Press Club still accept a presumption that P-Noy cares for journalists?

                Only P-Noy can answer.
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