MANILA, Philippines – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines condemned the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid, who was shot this Monday night in Las Piñas.
“The killing shows that journalism remains a dangerous profession in the country. That the incident took place in Metro Manila indicates how brazen the perpetrators were, and how authorities have failed to protect journalists as well as ordinary citizens from harm,” ayon sa NUJP.
According to NUJP, Lapid is a strict critic of the Duterte administration and some officials of President Ferdinand Marcos Jr. where he recently denounced the dangers of red-tagging, especially the threats against Judge Marlo Magdoza-Malagar after he dismissed the Department of Justice’s proscription case against the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) and the New People’s Army ( NPA).
He also criticized the historical distortion of Martial Law, and warned about the dangers of Philippine Offshore Gaming Operators (POGOs).
The NUJP added that Lapid is the second journalist to die under the Marcos administration, after the stabbing of radio broadcaster Rey Blanco in Mabinay, Negros Oriental on September 18.
“We call on the public to join us in condemning yet another killing of a journalist. We call on the Philippine National Police to hold the perpetrators accountable,” said NUJP.
On the other hand, the Manila City Hall Press Club (MCHPC) hopes that justice will be served for the killing of broadcaster Percy Lapid in Las Pinas last night.
According to MCHPC President JR Reyes, the media or journalists should not be implicated in case anyone is criticized because they are all just messengers.
Reyes insisted that instead of targeting journalists, they should face the issue and take action to resolve any discussion.
Reyes and the entire press force of the Manila City Hall Press Club pray that those responsible for such crime be held accountable. RNA
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