A military-backed armed tribal group in Surigao del Sur has threatened to kill reporters who would cover the celebration of the 47th founding anniversary of the Communist Party of the Philippines (CPP) today, December 26.
The threat was sent out through text message to reporters by Bobby Tejero, a leader of the anticommunist militia, Magahat-Bagani.
Ben Tesiorna, president of the Armed Forces of the Philippines-Philippine National Police Press Corps in Southern Mindanao described the text message as a “vile threat” and appealed to members of the press, who had planned to cover the CPP anniversary to be “very extra careful.”
Tesiorna, publisher of online news site Davao Breaking News, said Tejero is one of those tagged in the Sept. 1 murder of Lianga, Surigao del Sur, alternative school director Emerito Samarca and two others.
In his warning, Tejero warned journalists of being targeted if they cover the CPP’s anniversary celebration. Selected journalists are regularly invited to the annual celebration usually held in the Caraga Region by the New People’s Army (NPA), the armed wing of the CPP. READ MORE