UNESCO classifies Ampatuan massacre case as “resolved “

DAVAO CITY —— The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially classified the Ampatuan massacre as “resolved” as it said the justice system of the country is working to protect the welfare of the working press. In a letter, Moez Chackchouk, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced this in his letter …

CA rejects Ressa appeal on disallowed US trip pending raps

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) has denied a motion for reconsideration filed by Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa asking to reconsider its order disallowing her to travel abroad pending an appeal of her libel conviction before a Manila court. “In view of the foregoing, Ressa still failed to prove that her intended travel …

Radyo ni Juan employees dissent sudden closure and dismissal amid COVID-19 crisis

DAVAO CITY—The employees of 94.7 Radyo ni Juan Davao (RNJ) has expressed dissent to the sudden company closure and their dismissal from work by their employer, Infomedia Resources Management (INFORM) Inc., at the height of the COVID19 outbreak. Station’s News Director Efren Armilla said in a statement, the group called the closure as bogus with an …

CA turns down Ressa’s plea to travel to US

MANILA – The Court of Appeals (CA) has turned down a plea by Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa to travel abroad pending an appeal of her libel conviction before a Manila court. In a seven-page resolution dated August 18, the appellate court’s Special 14th Division through Associate Justice Geraldine C. Fiel-Macaraig said, while the lower …

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 …