NUJP alarmed over ‘tail­ing’ of Ba­colod-based jour­nal­ist

Sun Star Bacolod - - Top Stories - BY ERWIN P. NICAVERA

THE Na­tional Union of Journalist­s of the Philip­pines (NUJP) - Ba­colod Chap­ter has ex­pressed alarm over the tail­ing in­ci­dent in­volv­ing its chair­per­son Marchel Espina by an un­known mo­tor­cy­cle rider.

Espina, a for­mer edi­tor-in-chief of Sun­star Ba­colod, is cur­rently a busi­ness re­porter of The Visayan Daily Star and cor­re­spon­dent of Rap­pler.

Nujp-ba­colod Chap­ter, in its Face­book post, said the in­ci­dent took place last Sun­day af­ter­noon when Espina was re­turn­ing home from Can­laon City.

The jour­nal­ist was do­ing a cov­er­age there re­lated to the re­cent killings in Ne­gros Ori­en­tal.

The mo­tor­cy­cle rider tailed the rented car of Espina for al­most 18 kilo­me­ters, from Bi­akn­abato to Taburda town.

The driver was alert and pre­vented at­tempts by the rider to over­take them. The rider even­tu­ally lost the tail, the NUJP said.

“We re­mind all par­ties to the con­tin­u­ing armed con­flict that journalist­s are civil­ians and should not, for what­ever rea­son, be made tar­gets for ha­rass­ment, threats or at­tacks,” it said.

The group also said that to do so would vi­o­late in­ter­na­tional hu­man­i­tar­ian laws to which the Philip­pines is a sig­na­tory.

“We like­wise urge state se­cu­rity forces to re­main true to their man­date to serve and pro­tect the cit­i­zenry, in­clud­ing mem­bers of me­dia, and en­sure to the best of their abil­ity that we can ful­fill our tasks freely and with­out fear,” it added.*

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