Federation of Journalists (IFJ) condemns an attack on radio commentator Jerome
Tabanganay, of government-owned dzRK Radyo ng Bayan in Kalinga province, in the
on June 7.
IFJ affiliate the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reports Tabanganay, who hosts the program Agenda
on dzRK, was hit in the mouth with a microphone by Kalinga governor Jocel Baac.
Baac, who was accompanied by several
men with M-16 rifles, reportedly told Tabanganay: “Go on. Keep talking. I will
kill you,” as the day’s edition of Agenda was drawing to a close.
The threats and assault come less
than two weeks after a May
24 incident in which the premises of dzRK were attacked with home-made
At the time of the assault, Tabanganay
was discussing an altercation between Baac and dzRK station manager Basilio
Baluyan over the bombing at a Kapihan or tearoom meeting on June 6.
Tabanganay, who is known for his
anti-corruption stance, was previously injured in an attempted
murder at the station on May 14, 2010.
“This is yet another example of the
unacceptable use of violence and intimidation against media workers in the Philippines,”
IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline
“Authorities must offer reasonable
protection to Tabanganay and dzRK staff and quickly punish those responsible for
assaulting and threatening him.”
Tabanganay plans to file charges of serious physical injuries and grave threat
against Baac, while the radio station’s management will file charges of
malicious mischief and damage to government property.
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