A day before the World Press Freedom Day, a former NUJP officer was shot dead in Capiz and a campus journalist’s house was raided in Bicol.
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The Anti-Terrorism Act of 2020 has been widely criticised for curtailing press freedom and the freedom of expression. It has granted authorities the power to detain activists and journalists, and to allege them at the very least of committing terrorism as the law so vaguely defined.
“He (Villamor) is the 19th slain during the Duterte administration and the 191st since 1986. “
According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), Maganes is the 18th journalist murdered under President Rodrigo Duterte’s administration, and the 190th since 1986.
“The impunity with which journalists continue to be attacked and killed is the same impunity that drives the continued killings in the government’s war on drugs and the continued assassination of activists and human rights defenders.”
“His ultimate passion was for good governance and his advocacy was to help save the environment. He was a highly principled man who sought refuge in his faith.”
A decade has indeed passed but the conditions that led to the Ampatuan massacre remain: political dynasties and patronage are still alive, paramilitary groups have not been dismantled, and the Ampatuans’ collusion with the administration — Arroyo then and Duterte now — still persists.
“The delivery of justice for Ampatuan Massacre victims will act like a beam of light shone into a great darkness that is the escalating climate of fear and impunity under the Duterte administration.”
Sa isang sitwasyong patuloy na pinapaslang ang mga peryodista at manggagawa sa midya at kinokompromiso ang kalayaan sa pamamahayag, ano pa ba ang puwedeng gawin ng mga ordinaryong taong katulad natin para mabago ang kasalukuang kalakaran? Malinaw na kailangan ang mahigpit na pakikipagkaisa sa iba’t ibang sektor ng lipunan.
“We remember Ampatuan Massacre but we have to bring back the rage.”
“…we stress that the crime of which Mr. Ampatuan is accused of is of such a heinous nature that the shock and outrage it stirred around the world forced then President Gloria Arroyo to move against the powerful clan that was among her staunchest allies.”