Colmenares to call probe on Iloilo media harassment

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ILOILO CITY: Partylist Cong. Neri Colmenares of Bayan Muna said he will file a bill for congressional inquiry on the reported harassment by armed group against members of the media here, particularly the storming of Aksyon Radyo Iloilo station.

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Colmenares said the congressional inquiry in aid of legislation is a separate one from the inquiry to be conducted by the Senate that must be conducted to stem the growth of culture of impunity against the media.

The Ilonggo congressman said the intimidation of several armed men who attacked Aksyon Radyo Iloilo clearly showed the blatant assault against the members of the fourth estate who expose illegal activities and irregularities in the province.

The move stemmed from an incident recorded on CCTV on November 19 when armed men entered the premises of Aksyon Radyo that earlier aired stories about illegal drugs trade.

Colmenares was in the province for a series of talks Friday and vowed to pursue the congressional probe.

Meanwhile, the Advocates’ Movement for Free Media (AMFM) launched a Black Friday call to action also on Friday decrying the Aksyon Radyo harassment and issued a call to uphold media freedom and the people’s freedom of expression.

Mayor Jed Patrick Mabilog earlier ordered the police to investigate the incident and requested the help of the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) to conduct an in-depth investigation on several shooting incidents involving loose firearms, alleged presence of armed groups, and the illegal drugs trade in the city.

Mabilog said he strongly condemns the act of disregarding the rule of law that undermines the freedom of the press or threaten such freedom in any way.

Mabilog wants the neutralization of any group behind all illegal activities in the city adding that he is committed to support and provide necessary resources to the dwift solution of the case.

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