The families, who waited through ten years to hear the conviction, said they are worried of recent news from their lawyer Attorney Nena Santos, who said the Ampatuans have appealed to the Office of the President the Department of Justice to overturn the decisio of Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes.
Condemnation and grief poured after the death of another human rights lawyer, Juan Macababad, who was killed by unidentified assailants outside his home in Surallah, South Cotabato, on September 14 Wednesday afternoon.
Veteran journalist and Davao Today columnist Margarita ‘Ging’ Valle will appeal to higher courts the decision of the Ombudsman to acquit police officers who wrongfully arrested her in June 2019.
Jose Jaime “Nonoy” Llavore Espina walked his talk in defending press freedom and welfare of media workers in the country, braved vilification and threats on his life and said this line many times over: The press is free not because it is allowed to be free. It is free because it insists on being free.
Media organizations welcomed a proposed bill that calls on law enforcers not to compel journalists to take part in anti-illegal drug operations or to appear as witnesses in drug-related court cases.
Another school year is set to open next week, but public schools were expected to struggle with same “age-old problems”.
The continued attacks on the country’s press community have reached an alarming level, an international media watchdog has noted.
In time for the 36th commemoration of the Press Freedom Week, the biggest media group in Northern Mindanao has reminded journalists to be truthful and fair in their reports to counter the proliferation of fake news in the country.
Although the incident has caused “anxiety” on her part, Cortez says “You can never silence me.”
In a statement on Monday, September 19, the NUJP said the attacks against freelance journalist Gretchen Malalad and Al-Jazeera correspondent Jamela Alindogan-Caudron “have gone beyond legitimate criticism of their professional output to outright threats on their persons.”