No one claims responsibility for funeral wreath delivery at ABS-CBN office

DAVAO CITY — Forty-eight hours after a flower shop personnel delivered three funeral wreaths to ABS-CBN office in Bulua, Cagayan de Oro City, no one came out to claim responsibility. The Cagayan de Oro Police Office in a report published by the Philippine News Agency (PNA) urged the management of the television station to report …

Cyber-libel cases increase during COVID-19 -NBI

DAVAO CITY — The National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) has noticed the significant increase in the number of cyber-libel cases filed before their office during the past months as coronavirus-19 hit the world. In a press statement, The NBI stated that Cyber-libel complaints filed before the Office of the Cyber Crime Division, NBI Cyber Crime …

Mindanao Journalists statement on non-renewal of ABS-CBN franchise

DAVAO CITY— Members of the Mindanao Independent Press Council (MIPC) Inc. on Monday issued a solidarity statement on the non-renewal of ABS-CBN Franchise. The group in a statement said: “In the interest of the Public, we commonly serve, and, in solidarity with the women and men behind ABS-CBN We, the members of the Mindanao Independent …

Duterte vows to expose Maria Ressa as ‘fraud’

MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte on Tuesday bared that he would soon expose the truth about Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa being a “fraud”. In a taped public address aired on state-run PTV-4 early Wednesday, Duterte said he is now preparing documents that would prove that Ressa is a trickster. “Ressa is a fraud. Maniwala kayo (Believe …

World’s Press Condemns Guilty Verdict for Maria Ressa in Cyber-Libel Trial

Prominent Filipino journalist Maria Ressa has been found guilty of cyber libel in a case widely condemned as politically motivated. She has 15 days to appeal the decision but risks spending up to six years in prison. “We are appalled by the court’s decision and urge Maria’s guilty verdict to be quashed at the earliest …

Radioman killed, Mayor asked to offer P1-M bounty for suspects identification and arrest

DAVAO CITY – Dumaguete City Radio broadcaster Cornelio Pepino was killed Tuesday night after he finished his radio broadcast in DYMD. Dumaguete police have yet to identify his assailants as of press time. Vice Mayor Alan Gen Cordova and the City Council have asked Mayor Felipe Antonio Remollo to offer a PHP1-million reward for information leading …

Official statement of Malacañang Press Corps on the NTCs CDO against ABS-CBN

“There is no crueler tyranny than that which is perpetuated under the shield of law and in the name of justice.” – Montesquieu The Malacañang Press Corps strongly condemns the National Telecommunications Commission’s (NTC) cease and desist order that shut down broadcast company ABS-CBN as a shameless and blatant attack on press freedom. NTC’s decision …

Mindanao journalists free but threatened under ECQ, professors urge journalists to be more responsible

DAVAO CITY — Days before the world celebrated Press Freedom day on May 3, a Mindanao journalist filed his counter-affidavit before the court as she is charged cyber liber for showing a photo describing how people waited for government ration. The journalist posted photos of three plastic basins along the street early morning with a caption saying …

Unesco Statement on 2020 Press Freedom Day

We are currently facing an unprecedented health crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic spreading across the world also represents a new challenge for the press, which was already battling smear campaigns and defamation. Today, citizens are on lockdown, eager for news like never before. And more than ever, the news must be fact-checked, verified. Because disinformation spreads …