MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) on Tuesday said it is one with the nation in commemorating the Maguindanao massacre, which it tagged as one of the darkest moments in Philippine history and vowed to capture all suspects who are still at large.“We shall… Read More
MANILA – The Duterte administration will continue upholding press freedom, Malacañang said on Tuesday as the country commemorates the 12th year of the infamous Maguindanao massacre.In a Palace press briefing, Cabinet Secretary and Acting Presidential Spokesperson Karlo Nograles pointed… Read More
A murder complaint has been filed against a suspect in connection with the killing of Newsline Philippines reporter Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy last Oct. 30, 2021, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said on Tuesday.Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS… Read More
DIGOS CITY – Media outlets on Sunday expressed grief over the brutal death of reporter and radio anchor Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy in Davao del Sur.Dinoy succumbed to gunshot wounds to the head and body inside his rented apartment along Mother Ignacia St., Poblacion Uno, Bansalan town… Read More
PTFoMS vows justice for slain Davao journalist
MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is in close coordination with the police to attain justice for journalist Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy, who was gunned down inside his rented apartment in Davao del Sur on Saturday night.Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, PTFoMS… Read More
DIGOS CITY – A print and broadcast journalist in Davao del Sur was gunned down at about 6 p.m. on Saturday inside his rented apartment in Bansalan town.Reports coming from a fellow broadcast journalist in the same town and who rushed to the crime scene said Orlando “Dondon” Dinoy… Read More
MANILA – President Rodrigo Duterte has lauded the Presidential Task Force on Media Security’s (PTFoMS) efforts in protecting the media workers’ welfare by upholding press freedom in the country. In his message for the 5th founding anniversary of the PTFoMs, Duterte expressed hope… Read More
MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is in high gear as it celebrated Monday its 5th year anniversary as the forefront agency of the government in defending press freedom by protecting the life, liberty and security of media workers in the Philippines.As one of… Read More
Told to be more vigilant as the election season nears
By ROGERM. BALANZA
Radio broadcasters are in the crossfire of political violence during elections, and a Malacanang official warned against a spike in media killings with the May 2022 national elections only months ahead.
Undersecretary Joel Sy Egco, Executive Directorof the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS), issued the warning following the killing of a radio broadcaster in Cebu City.
Reynante “Rey” Cortes, a blocktimer for radio station dyRB, was shot dead by motorcycle “riding in tandem” gunmen in Barangay Mambaling, Cebu City on Thursday.
PTFoMS is an inter-agency body created by President Rodrigo Duterte at the start of his term in 2016, to protect members of the press against violence and intimidation.
Egco reminded broadcasters, specifically blocktimers, to be more vigilant as the election season nears.
He said, historically, there is a spike in election-related violence committed against blocktimers as the election heats up, especially at the local level.
Blocktiming is the practice of buying “blocks” of air time to produce programs independent of networks and stations.
Egco has ordered Philippine National Police (PNP) investigators to thoroughly look into the case to find out if the incident was in connection with his blocktime program.
The PNP is one of the law enforcement agencies that comprise the PTFoMS.
Records of media killings in the Philippines show that most of the victims were blocktime radio broadcasters identified with political persons or groups.
The PTFoMS has already requested legislators to look into the practice by radio stations of selling time slots to the blocktime broadcasters, most of whom are not accredited by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP), which police media ethics violations by broadcasters.
The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) called for the creation of a regional counterpart in the Bangsamoro Autonomous Region of Muslim Mindanao (BARMM) to ensure the safety of media workers and prevent another Maguindanao massacre from happening again.
“I urge the Bangsamoro Region to create a counterpart Task Force of PTFoMS. The mechanism being implemented by the PTFoMS has been acknowledged by international organizations as an effective deterrent against media violence,” PTFoMS Executive Director Usec. Joel Sy Egco said.
Sy Egco made this call during the oath-taking ceremony of the members and officials of the Bangsamoro Press Corps (BPC) held at the Shariff Kabunsuan Cultural Complex, BARMM Government Compound, Cotabato City recently.
He said “a BARMM Task Force on Media Security could be the only solution in preventing a repetition of the gruesome Maguindanao massacre that happened in 2009,” referring to the incident in Ampatuan town that left 58 people dead, including 32 journalists.
(Updated): A Davao City lawyer and her husband were shot dead inside a high-end subdivision in Davao City around 5:10PM July 14, 2021.
Sitti Gilda Mahinay Sapie and her husband Muhaimin Mphammad Sapie were killed by sniper fire minutes apart outside their home in Solariega Subdivision in Barangay Talomo. (The Durian Post initially reported that the husband is also a lawyer).
The couple, known for legal involvement in land issues, run a daily legal aid radio program on local radio station Power Radio 76.1 FM.
The Sapies broadcast their 3PM to 5PM program, Justice Redeemer, in a studio in an office outside of their house in the gated subdivision. The program is also live-streamed on Facebook.
The lady lawyer had gone out of the studio after the program when shot dead said to be a sniper. Hearing the shot, the husband rushed outside and was also shot. The couple expired on the way to the hospital.