Radio station dzRH is set to file administrative and physical injury charges against Marikina City policemen who allegedly beat up and handcuffed its reporter Edmar Estabillo.
In an interview with The Manila Times, lawyer Rudolph Jularbal, station manager of dzRH and legal counsel of Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas (KBP), condemned the action of the policemen, allegedly led by Senior Police Officer 1 Manuel Laison, against the journalist.
Reportedly, Laison did not allow Estabillo access to the police blotter, which led to a shouting match between the two.
The policeman also confiscated his handheld radio and cellular phones.
“Of course, we condemn it. Obviously, the action of the police is not commensurate to whatever actuation of the reporter was. We will not take this sitting down. In fact, I have just instructed our lawyer to assist our reporter and to file the necessary cases,” Jularbal said.
It was learned that Estabillo earlier photographed Laison sleeping on duty.
The photo was posted on Twitter.
Sr. Supt. Elmer Jamias, officer-in-charge of Eastern Police District (EPD), ordered the immediate relief of Laison as desk officer.
Jamias said Laison will undergo psychiatric examination, noting that he has been subject of several complaints, apart from Estabillo’s.
Meanwhile, Malacañang denounced any form of harassment of journalists.
Presidential Communications Secretary Herminio Coloma Jr., in a text message, ordered the Philippine National Police (PNP) chief, Director General Ricardo Marquez, to look into the matter.