Radio Broadcaster Escapes Murder Attempt in Philippines

The International

Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands a full police investigation into the

attempted murder of radio broadcaster Jerome Tabanganay in the northern Philippines

on May 14.


Tabanganay, 44, host of the “Agenda”

news program, was reportedly confronted by an unidentified assailant as he

entered his office at the government-owned Radyo ng Bayan station in Kalinga

province early on Friday morning, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines



The gunman fired four times, hitting

Tabanganay in the back of his right leg and knee as he fled into the office,

the NUJP said.


Tabanganay’s regular criticism of

crime and corruption in the province had made his program one of the most

popular in Kalinga. The NUJP, an IFJ

affiliate, believes this is the likely motivation for the attack.


“The attack on Jerome Tabanganay

diminishes hopes of relief for journalists in the Philippines from the culture of

impunity that has seen up to 100 media workers killed during the administration

of outgoing President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo,” IFJ

Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.


“The IFJ calls on the country’s

likely new President, Noynoy Aquino, to commit to investigating and punishing

violence against journalists in every province, to combat the persistent

failure of local authorities to prevent targeted attacks against local media.”


Meanwhile, in Maguindanao in the

country’s southern province

of Mindanao, Esmael

Mangudadatu was voted in as the new Governor on May 14, ousting the powerful

Ampatuan clan. 


Mangudadatu’s wife and two sisters

were among the 58 people killed in the massacre in Maguindanao on November 23

last year, as they travelled to file his election candidacy papers in the

provincial capital. Those murdered included 32 journalists and media workers, in

the worst atrocity committed against journalists in memory.


The massacre was allegedly carried

out on the orders of Ampatuan family members.


For further

information contact IFJ Asia-Pacific

on +612 9333 0919



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