Philippines 3rd most dangerous country in the world for journalists

By Don Tagala, ABS-CBN News, North America Bureau

Feb. 27, 2014

NEW YORK – The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Philippines is the third most dangerous country in the world for journalists, next to Iraq and Somalia.

Human Rights Watch New York reports that 12 journalists were killed in the Philippines last year, bringing the total number of media workers killed to 26 since President Aquino took office in 2010.

Carlos Conde, a former journalist and now human rights advocate says there are several reasons why extra-judicial killings continue in the Philippines.

“We have a really dysfunctional political culture where political dynasties rule, and that they’re very very resistant to criticisms, they hate criticisms.” Conde said. “That’s why they target critics, like the media activists and all that.”

Conde says the Philippines needs to make genuine reforms within the government.

“We have to reform the criminal justice system,” he said. “We have to train police officers to really investigate cases, to root our corruptions in the police and judiciary, we have to unclog the courts.”

Potri Ranka Manis is a survivor of human rights violations under the Marcos regime. She was reportedly abducted, tortured and detained during martial law and was released only in 1986.

She recently received two payments of a thousand dollars each as part of settlement in a class lawsuit filed in the US by about 9,000 victims of human rights abuses during the Marcos era.

But to this day Potri says her abductors and torturers were never held accountable.

She reminds Aquino never to forget about them.

“President Aquino, your father was also a victim, your father was the victim of impunity,” she said. “In fact, those people arrested were fall guys. I hope the President and the political powers in the Philippines will shed light and align with real justice.”

You may contact Don Tagala at don_tagala@abs-cbn.com for more information.

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  • Delia
    28 February 2014 at 8:12 am - Reply

    (NEW YORK – The Committee to Protect Journalists says the Philippines is the third most dangerous country in the world for journalists, next to Iraq and Somalia.)

    Hmm ! It should be the top most dangerous country , Filipinos target anyone and everyone for whatever they feel good about.

    (“We have a really dysfunctional political culture where political dynasties rule, and that they’re very very resistant to criticisms, they hate criticisms.” Conde said. “That’s why they target critics, like the media activists and all that.”)

    Filipinos don’t like being criticized but they love to throw criticism upon others. If one is to bring a lawsuit as a victim , forget it . If you’re a stranger there, no Filipino will defend you , they’ll throw you in stingky jail without mercy. All they can think about is , they got you as a milking cow for money , starting from local Police ,the lawyer and from the person you encountered harrasing you to defend yourself.
    Don’t expect any justice on your side if you’re a victim , the only justice Filipino knows is the color of money and how much they can squeeze out of you. It does not matter if you’re Filipino and one of them ,if theres money to be made you’re finished .

    • cat_idiot
      28 February 2014 at 11:19 am - Reply

      bakit ganyan po ang mentality nyo?

      • dog_idiot
        28 February 2014 at 12:38 pm - Reply

        she is able to describe well of what kind of mentality and personality she has. those descriptions are those of hers…. basurang ugali nya…

        • Dewey
          28 February 2014 at 2:33 pm - Reply

          @Delia, seems like it was you who is dysfunctional, how could you hate so much the Philippinos, where the hell are you from? common bro, cant you have some decency in your life

          • wildorchid
            28 February 2014 at 6:05 pm -

            Delia, you are so right in describing some or should I say most Pilipinos, They are thugs and a bunch of savages. All they care about is money. It doesn’t matter if they are your relatives. No matter how much you gave them they are always discontented. They don’t realize that a person has to work hard for your money here in America or they take what you gave them for granted, they think there’s plenty more money where it came from.

          • Delia
            28 February 2014 at 7:16 pm -

            @wildorchid , thank you for exposing the truth . very few of us left with sanity who can admit theres a dysfunctional culture in the philippines.

            Take a look at the peoples post replied to my post , a-bunch of- IDIOTS, I would expect nothing less from an idiots who has an amphomorphous blob occupying the space between their ears.

  • dog_idiot
    28 February 2014 at 12:37 pm - Reply

    she is able to describe well of what kind of mentality and personality she has. those descriptions are those of hers…. basurang ugali nya…

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