Duterte umani ng batikos mula sa media watchdogs
DAVAO CITY – Umani ng kaliwa’t-kanang batikos si President-elect Rodrigo Duterte mula ibat-ibang media watchdog matapos nitong sabihin na karamihan sa mga pinaslang na journalists sa bansa ay pawang mga corrupt.
Sinabi ito ni Duterte sa isang news conference sa Davao City matapos itong tanungin ukol sa pamamaslang sa mga kawani ng media sa bansa. “Just because you're a journalist you are not exempted from assassination, if you're a son of a bitch. Freedom of expression cannot help you if you have done something wrong,” ani Duterte.
Maraming mga mamamahayag na ang napaslang sa nakalipas na dekada dahil sa kanilang trabaho at halos lahat ng kaso ay may kinalaman sa mga pambabatikos ng media sa mga tiwaling opisyal ng pamahalaan, militar at pulisya, at mga isyu ukol sa droga at iba pa.
Maging si Michaella Ortega, anak ng pinaslang na Palawan journalist na si Doc Gerry Ortega ay nagpahayag rin ng kanyang saloobin. “Last night's statements also came as a shock to us.Our family is incensed by the hasty and crass generalizations made about murdered journalists in the country. Doc Gerry Ortega was killed for his courage and integrity.”
“He was murdered precisely because he was honorable. He fought for social justice. He stood up against mining in Palawan. He exposed corruption in the provincial government, which included the misuse of billions of pesos from the Malampaya funds. This kind of speech is alarming because without due process, it casts absolute judgment on all murdered journalists including those who were killed for telling the truth,” ani Michaella.
Ikinadismaya rin ng National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) at ng National Press Club of the Philippines (NPCP) ang pahayag ni Duterte. “It is appalling that President-elect Rodrigo Duterte should justify the murder of journalists in the country by playing the corruption card. Mr. Duterte’s crass pronouncement not only sullies the names and memories of all 176 of our colleagues who have been murdered since 1986, he has also, in effect, declared open season to silence the media, both individual journalists and the institution, on the mere perception of corruption.”
Bagama’t inamin ng NUJP na may mga tiwaling miyembro ng media ay hindi naman ito rason upang paslangin ang mga mamamahayag dahil may batas ukol dito. “The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines does not gloss over the fact that corruption is among the most pressing problems faced by the media. Nor do we deny that this could be the reason for a number of media killings. However, it is one thing to recognize a possible reason for murder; it is a totally different thing to present this as a justification for taking life,” dagdag pa ng media watchdog.
Sinabi rin ng NPCP na ang pahayag ni Duterte ay “too sweeping, generalized and therefore unfair to the victims in particular like Doc Gerry Ortega, Ampatuan massacre victims and to the entire profession in general.”
“While we acknowledge that there are also rotten members of the press similar to other professions like in the police and most especially among politicians, to simplify media killing as due to corruption in d press is to gloss over the fact that media killings happen due to the still prevalent culture of impunity.”
“Wala pang nabibigyan ng katarungan sa mga napaslang na kasapi ng media particular sa nakaraang 6 taon. Kaya mas malalakas ang loob ng mga nagbabalak ng karahasan laban sa media. This branding of the media would only justify more attacks against them,” wika ng NPCP.
A beggar in Zamboanga City takes a break from hard day’s work, puffing a cigarette and enjoying a bottle of run alone. (Mindanao Examiner Photo)