Journalist survives ambush in Pangasinan

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(UPDATED) 'The attack...is the second on a journalist this year,' says the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – A journalist was wounded in a shooting early Tuesday morning, November 8, in Dagupan City, Pangasinan, according to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP).

Citing a report by the Philippine Daily Inquirer, the NUJP said in a statement that newspaper columnist and radio commentator Virgilio Maganes was shot by gunmen who were riding a motorcycle.

Maganes was attacked at around 5:40 am while he was riding a tricycle on his way to work. He was supposed to host his program on radio station dwPR.

At least 4 shots were heard Tuesday, and Maganes sustained a wound on his arm which was treated in a hospital.

“The attack on Maganes is the second on a journalist this year following the June 30 ambush of Surigao City broadcaster Saturnino ‘Jan’ Estanio of the RMN network, who was wounded along with his 12-year old son,” NUJP said.

The group also noted the “spike in threats and harassment” against journalists this year, the latest of which are death threats against RMN dzXL news anchor and NUJP member Lourdes Escaros, who has been critical in her commentary on President Rodrigo Duterte.

 

Senator Grace Poe, whose late father is from Pangasinan, called on the Philippine National Police to “conduct an immediate and thorough investigation.” 

“Let us stop the violence against our journalists. The attacks against them and their safety are curtailment of their freedom of expression…. Our journalists are our partners in upholding the truth. Let us not silence them,” she said.  Rappler.com