MANILA ( UPDATE) – Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday condemned the arson attack on the printing house of Abante News Group, and called the act a “brazen attack on totally free press.”
4 armed and masked men forced their method into the tabloid and website’s Parañaque office and torched the printing maker and products there before dawn on Monday, leaving 2 staff members hurt, Abante earlier stated.
Robredo’s workplace urged authorities to “act swiftly on this matter and bring the criminals to justice.”
” In the meantime, we send this message to all those who seek to reduce our flexibilities through hazards and violence: We will not be cowed. We will stand together and safeguard our freedom.”
Opposition lawmakers, on the other hand, said the attack was an effort to “silence the media.”
” We believe that this is another case of trying to silence the media in doing their task of exposing the abnormalities, in and out of government,” Bayan Muna Rep. Carlos Isagani Zarate stated in a statement.
” We strongly condemn this as we also condemn all attacks versus the democratic rights of our individuals,” he added.
The attack utilizes the exact same “harassment tactic that anti-democratic forces are using versus native people, specifically lumads in Lianga, Surigao del Sur,” noted Bayan Muna Rep. Eufemia Cullamat.
This “needs to not trigger Abante and our media friends to pull back, but rather band together and advance the right of our people for openness and accountability,” stated Bayan Muna Rep. Ferdinand Gaite.
Abante “will not be cowed by this effort to strike fear into our reporters, editors and personnel,” stated its handling editor, Fernando Jadulco on Monday.
” Our dedication to hard-hitting journalism stays unshaken,” he added.
The National Union of Reporters of the Philippines stated the attack on a media outlet “underscores how deeply stuck in the culture of impunity our country and individuals have ended up being.”
” Whoever ordered this attack and whoever brought it out undoubtedly believe they stand long shot of being captured, much less penalized. After all, so many criminal offenses and human rights abuses remain unsolved, the wrongdoers totally free to continue sowing chaos,” it said in a declaration.
The media company challenged the cops “to show us incorrect and begin chipping away at the culture of impunity by quickly getting the wrongdoers of this attack and successfully prosecuting them.”
The occurrence was the first violent attack against Abante because 1987, it kept in mind.
The Philippine National Police said it does not have anybodies of interest yet as investigation is continuous.