Press lives on strong in Negros

March 4, 2012 Statement of National Press Club President Jerry S. Yap


Press lives on strong in Negros


                The National Press Club feels happy and confident that press freedom lives on in Negros Occidental despite the recent incident where Ilonggo broadcaster Niel Aranga Jimena was killed in EB Magalona, Negros Occidental on August 22, 2011 and the March 2, 2012 ambush on another broadcaster, Fernando Gabio,  in the nearby Jaro, Iloilo City.

In photo from left: Arman Toga, president; Edgar Lucasan, vice-president; Clarence Locsin, secretary; Boy Ciocon, treasurer; Chrysee Samillano, auditor; Henceboy Cestina, Adriano Nemes III, Ranie Azue, (not in photo) Merlinda Pedrosa, and Butch Bacaoco, all board members.

                The recent election and induction of new set of officers for Negros Press Club mean, of all other things, a manifestation of strength of the organization.

                The new officers of the other NPC (Negros Press Club) are: Arman Toga, president; Edgar Lucasan, vice-president; Clarence Locsin, secretary; Boy Ciocon, treasurer; Chrysee Samillano, auditor; Henceboy Cestina, Adriano Nemes III, Ranie Azue, (not in photo) Merlinda Pedrosa, and Butch Bacaoco, all board members.

                The coming to existence of the new mandate from the members of the oldest press club in the Philippines means there is a will to vote and to elect leaders.

                The strong will means the members and officers of Negros Occidental have strong intentions to exercise the liberty of the press.

                This also means that press lives on strong in Negros.

                Let be assured that the National Press Club will always be supportive and a strong ally in the fight for justice and freedom of the press.
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