Broadcaster Threatened In Southern Philippines

The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) calls

on authorities in the southern Philippines

to take immediate action to investigate death threats against Manny Agustero, of dxIF-Bombo Radyo, in Cagayan de Oro.


Agustero received four

calls on the evening of October 20, after an on-air discussion about alleged illegal

gambling operations on October 18, in which he reported that the Philippine Charity Sweepstakes Office (PCSO) had complained to the city

council over the alleged proliferation of illegal lottery outlets.


The first of the

unidentified callers told him “he would be the next journalist to fall”, a

chilling reminder of the fact that journalists are routinely murdered in the Philippines.


Another caller on a

different phone number called shortly after saying Agustero would be killed the

following day. Another two calls were made, threatening he would be shot in the

head, according to the National

Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), an IFJ affiliate.


“The IFJ demands an

immediate police investigation into the threats against Agustero, and reminds

President Benigno Aquino of the IFJ’s appeal for his government to take

credible action to end

the culture of impunity in the Philippines,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“Threats like these again

highlight the extreme dangers for media workers in the Philippines,

especially those who report in the public interest on allegations of corruption

and crime.”


The NUJP reports that another broadcaster, Nilo Labares,


Mindanao, survived a shooting attack afterreporting on the same topic in early 2009.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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