The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has
new information regarding a reported shooting of radio commentator Randy T. Makiputin in Valencia
City in the country’s south
on November 26. New information reveals that the alleged shooting did
not occur. In fact, Makiputin’s injuries were reportedly sustained in a
Valencia City Police
investigating the incident earlier confirmed Makiputin’s claims that he had
been shot by unidentified men on motorcycles. Police now say they are uncertain
about the cause of his injuries, with two eyewitnesses – aged 13 and 16 –
making sworn statements alleging the broadcaster crashed his motorcycle, and
pointed a gun at them after the accident. They also claim with he was
intoxicated at the time.
Makiputin, a broadcaster
with Radyo Abante in Maramag town, Bukidnon province, checked out of hospital
on November 28 and has been unavailable for comment since.
The original IFJ statement from
November 29 which included earlier reports of the incident appears below.
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) demands
authorities in the Philippines
take prompt action to arrest those responsible for shooting radio
commentator Randy T. Makiputin in Valencia
City in the country’s south
on November 26.
Makiputin, 39, a broadcaster
with Radyo Abante based in Maramag town, Bukidnon province, was ambushed by four
unknown assailants on motorcycles about 7pm, according to IFJ Asia-Pacific affiliate the National Union of
Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).
He sustained a gunshot
wound to the back of his head, and is in a stable condition in hospital.
Local police are investigating
the incident, and are yet to establish whether the attack is related to
Makiputin’s work with Radyo Abante.
“The attempt on Makiputin’s life is
reprehensible, regardless of the motives of his attackers,” IFJ Asia-Pacific Director Jacqueline Park said.
“It is a shameful reminder that killings
and attacks on media workers continue to be a very real threat to freedom of
expression, human rights and a healthy media landscape in the Philippines.”
Meanwhile, the Baguio-Benguet
chapter of the NUJP reports that officers
of the Presidential Security Guard (PSG) and Philippine National
Police (PNP) mistreated Northern Dispatch journalist Adela Wayas at the opening of a restaurant in Baguio, in the
country’s north, also on November 26.
guards allegedly shoved Wayas as she attempted to enter the site of a media
stunt featuring President Benigno Aquino III to mark the opening of a popular
credentials were questioned by the PSG and police after she covered a student protest
outside the venue. The guards asked Wayas if she was a “companion” of the
protesters and prevented her from entering the venue to report on the
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