News people under siege

If you have received a letter like this one, what would you do?

Head of ABS-CBN News and Current Affairs


By virtue of the authority vested upon me pursuant to Section 6 of Republic Act 5750, you are commanded to appear before the office of Southern Metro Manila Criminal Investigation and Detection Team, NCRCIDU, CIDG SPD Compound, Fort Bonifacio, Taguig City on December 5, 2007 at 10:00 o’clock in the morning and bring with you a DVD copy of raw video footage re-March of SENATOR ANTONIO S TRILLANES IV and GEN. DANILO LIM together with thirteen (13) other members of Magdalo soldiers and civilian supporters from RTC, Branch 148, Makati City to Manila Peninsula Hotel.


WITNESS my signature this 3rd day of December 2007, Camp Crame, Quezon City, Philippines.

Police Director
Director, CIDG


I think the dialogue between the Arroyo dogs and the media being facilitated by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters sa Pilipinas (KBP) is a useless exercise. Let’s face it: the Philippine National Police had erred when it arrested and/or handcuffed several media people who covered the Manila Peninsula Hotel affair. No amount of dialogue will change that.

Anyway, what’s the dialogue for? To draft guidelines on coverage of crucial situations? It is almost as good as the PNP telling the media on how to cover an event. Yes, the police wants to control the way media covers such events. I think this is some form of prior restraint, and good thing the media people who attended that dialogue are clearly showing where they stand (except NBN 4, but that should be expected from a government-owned propaganda machine). Jessica Soho was even gleeful when she pointed out that it is a good thing GMA 7 is no longer a KBP member.

And as for the KBP, I have not realized that it has become an Arroyo factotum. Tsk, another institution compromised by Arroyo’s scorched earth policy.

5 thoughts on “News people under siege

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  2. This reminds me of the SWAT game on the PC, hehe. When trying to take control of hostage situations, the entry team cuffs everyone, both the perps and the hostages. That’s supposedly their standard procedure. I wonder if the PNP has something similar in its handbook 😀

    But yeah, the media people in this case were obviously not hostages.

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  3. What insulates “the media or its people” from becoming an active participant, besides performing their occupation, in the news (the alleged rebellion)? A newsman, newsperson to some, who hides behind his badge from scrutiny, is questionable, at best. A press that is intimidated is not free. Who is afraid of the truth?

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