Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC’s attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa

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Media, academics condemn NTF-ELCAC’s attacks vs ABS-CBN and Maria Ressa
'The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy'

The following is the statement of media groups, news outfits, journalists, and academics released Sunday, May 10, in response to the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict’s social media posts against ABS-CBN and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa.

We, media groups, news outfits, journalists, and academics, condemn the National Task Force to End Local Communist Armed Conflict (NTF-ELCAC) for a black propaganda offensive on social media against ABS-CBN and Rappler CEO Maria Ressa. 

Screenshot of PCOO Facebook post.

Screenshot of PCOO Facebook post.

Screenshot of PCOO Facebook post.

These Facebook posts, while they have been taken down, are a brazenly criminal abuse of authority on the part of the NTF-ELCAC, replete with half-truths and outright lies that willfully endanger Maria and the management and personnel of the network that government shut down

The only reason we can think of why a government entity tasked to combat the communist insurgency would wage a propaganda offensive against media persons and outfits is if government now considers us the enemy. (READ: Lives in danger as red-tagging campaign intensifies)

In fact, Lieutenant General Antonio Parlade, NTF-ELCAC spokesman and Southern Luzon Command chief, indicated as much. In a May 8 Philippine News Agency report, while insisting that press freedom was alive in this country, also warned critics of the ABS-CBN shutdown: “Yes to law and order! Otherwise you might just get the martial law that you deserve.” 

Worse, the Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) aided in the slander by sharing these posts on its own page, although it later took these down, apparently after generating backlash from netizens. 

While Communications Secretary Martin Andanar issued a statement saying the NTF-ELCAC posts were shared “without the usual vetting process of our office” and were “not in any way an official statement or an opinion of the PCOO,” neither did he apologize for his agency’s involvement nor even promise an investigation to identify those responsible for this reprehensibly irresponsible action. 

We demand that government, including the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP), immediately mount an investigation into who in the NTF-ELCAC were responsible for ordering and creating the slanderous posts and why. 

At a time when our people are battling a deadly pandemic, it is extremely unacceptable that there are those in government who are making media repression, not saving lives, as the priority.


1.       Manny Mogato

2.       Inday Espina-Varona

3.       Marites Vitug

4.       Etta Rosales

5.       Antonio J. Montalvan II

6.       Eunice Barbara C. Novio

7.       Tony La Viña

8.       John Nery

9.       Noemi L. Dado

10.   Leslie Manalo

11.   Lisa Garcia

12.   Bart Guingona

13.   Al Alegre

14.   Marian Pastor Roces

15.   Gang Badoy

16.   Ramon Tuazon

17.   Tess Bacalla

18.   Red Batario, Center for Community Journalism and Development

19.   Yvonne Clerigo

20.   Ann Lourdes Lopez

21.   Jimmy A. Domingo

22.   Chebelle A. Velasco

23.   Jane Uymatiao

24.   Bernice Soriano

25.   Therese San Diego Torres

26.   Imelda Samson

27.   Joel Pablo Salud, editor and author

28.   Ellen Tordesillas

29.   Joyce Panares

30.   Melvin Gascon

31.   Viktor Kintanar

32.   Bea Cupin, Rappler

33.   Pia Ranada, Rappler

34.   Jodesz Gavilan, Rappler

35.   Matthew Reysio-Cruz, Philippine Daily Inquirer

36.   Herbie Gomez, Mindanao Gold Star Daily

37.   Cong Corrales, Mindanao Gold Star Daily

38.   Rogelio Cultura, filmmaker

39.   Yvonne Chua, UP Department of Journalism

40.   Diosa Labiste, UP Department of Journalism

41.   Lucia Tangi, UP Department of Journalism

42.   Ivy Lisa Mendoza, UP Department of Journalism

43.   Janvic Mateo, UP Department of Journalism

44.   Felipe F. Salvosa II, UST Journalism faculty

45.   Christian V. Esguerra, UST Journalism faculty

46.   Anna Cielo T. Perez, UST Journalism faculty

47.   J Alwyn T. Alburo, UST Journalism faculty

48.   Ferdinand J. Maglalang, UST Journalism faculty

49.   Leo O. Laparan II, UST Journalism faculty

50.   Danilo Arao, associate editor, Bulatlat

51.   Beatrice Puente, editor-in-chief, Philippine Collegian

52.   Rommel Rutor, president, Samar Island Press Club

53.   Mate Espina

54.   Jes Aznar

55.   Jairo Bolledo, PUP Department of Journalism

56.   Pat S. Roque

57.   Ansbert Joaquin

58.   Julie Alipala

59.   Raffy Cabristante

60.   Jojo Riñoza

61.   JB R Deveza

62.   Tyrone Velez, SunStar Davao

63.   Frank Cimatu, Cordillera News Agency/Baguio Writers Group

64.   Ed Lingao

65.   Barnaby Lo

66.   Stanley Buenafe Gajete

67.   Yolanda Sotelo

68.   Joanna Aglibot

69.   Luis Teodoro, former dean, UP CMC

70.   Bobby Lagsa, Journalist

71.   Lito Zuluete, UST Journalism faculty

72.   Diomedes Eviota

73.   Daisy Canarias Apat

74.   Tonyo Cruz, LODI

75.   Liza Ito, CAP

76.   Deo Bugaoisan, UP Department of Journalism

77.   Kriztine Viray, president, Philippine Communication Society

78.   Rommel Lopez, PressOne

79.   Rissa Silvestre, UP Journalism Department

80.   Rachel Khan, UP Journalism Department


ABS-CBN Employees

81.   Rowena Paraan

82.   Mike Navallo, ABS-CBN News

83.   Jacque Manabat, ABS-CBN News

84.   Sheilla Diamse, ABS-CBN News           

85.   Melanie S. Masecampo, ABS-CBN News

86.   Brian Vallesteros, ABS-CBN News

87.   Sarah Herrera, ABS-CBN News

88.   Gigi Gervasio, ABS-CBN News

89.   Reyjohn Mark Sangcap, ABS-CBN News

90.   Descirey Villanueva, ABS-CBN News

91.   Sherrie Ann Torres, ABS-CBN News

92.   Pia Gutierrez, ABS-CBN News

93.   Isay Reyes, ABS-CBN News

94.   Jeck Batallones, ABS-CBN News

95.   Tarra Quismundo, ABS-CBN News

96.   Gerry Lirio, ABS-CBN News

97.   Henry Omaga-Diaz, ABS-CBN News

98.   Engelbert Apostol, Executive Producer, Umagang Kay Ganda, ABS-CBN

99.   Hoho Serafica

100.  Mark Sembrano Cabrera

101.  Katrina Juban

102.  Rhandy G. Reyes

103.  Heidy Ruby

104.  Alexces Megan Abarquez

105.  Mariel Que

106.  Nolie Ruby

107.  Reichelle Baguio

108.  Jamie Jose

109.  Rossana San Diego-Dimapilis

110.  Leonardo Bernardo

111.  Helen Grace F. Castro

112.  Gerald P. Sumagui

113.  Jason delas Alas

114.  Angela Garcia

115.  Reynante Manuel

116.  Aldrich N. Octaviano

117.  Rio Legaspi

118.  Jervis Flores

119.  Louver Asuncion-Galarrita

120.  Marc Cruzin

121.  Willanie Jay Mendoza

122.  Omar Cervantes

123.  Maydelle O. Marcial

124.  Enrico Santos

125.  Narissa Calinawan

126.  Froy Allan P. Leonardo

127.  Carlo Magdaluyo

128.  Lawrence Reyes

129.  Vincent A. De Jesus

130.  Romer Gonzales

131.  Ian Reyno

132.  Vincent A. De Jesus

133.  Jennifer Ingalla

134.  Mark Tojon

135.  Criselda Montenegro

136.  Richard Soriano

137.  Arma Avendano Bacar

138.  Vince Patrick Bersola

139.  Eliza Sipin Garrido

140.  Shayne Guevarra-Asuncion

141.  Christian Jarlego

142.  Ogie Diaz

143.  Hydro P. Aguinaldo

144.  Edel Cayetano

145.  Judy Anne Carino

146.  Marissa Kalaw

147.  Ryan Lucila

148.  Rameses Gurango

149.  Fiona Marie Jan Balanquit

150.  Jen Bayuda

151.  Mercylyn Nastor

152.  Jane Pearl Carino

153.  Krystel Agnote

154.   Veronica Iris Vidal

155.  Melvin Gasmin

156.  Cherlyn Medina

157.  Cecille Marino

158.  Raff Norman Banez

159.  Nino M. Garvia

160.  Kathryn Serafica

161.  Aia Cagatin-Tan

162.  Mark Raywin Tome

163.  Nimrod Bungcaras

164.  Genesis Pascual

165.  Nico Regino

166.  Paul Alfonso

167.  Ellice Tuason

168.  Toni May Dita

169.  Jane Balanag

170.  Maritoni Tuazon

171.  Kristine Sioson

172.  Barot Morga

173.  Rico Camus

174.  Carlo Martin

175.  Francos Mortiz

176.  Kathleen Pangan

177.  Jillmer Dy

178.  Gian Carlo Vizcarra

179.  Erwin Aniano

180.  Carl Barrameda

181.  May Purificacion

182.  Henrick Chui

183.  Milca Igano

184.  Celeste L. Santiago

185.  Regie Francisco

186.  Buds Sayong

187.  Cita Marzan

188.  Ross Gaddi

189.  Mariam Theres P. Pulanco

190.  Kamille Ramos

191.  Jane Ungson

192.  Joy Reyes Bailo

193.  Viel Duñgo

194.  Mark Jim Valdez

195.  Jerome Fadquela

196.  Jasmin Romero



1.       Rappler

2.       ABS-CBN Rank and File Employees’ Union

3.       Philippine Press Institute

4.       Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility

5.       Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism

6.       MindaNews

7.       National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

8.       NUJP-Europe

9.       NUJP-Middle East

10.   NUJP-Albay

11.   NUJP-Baguio Benguet

12.   NUJP-Quezon

13.   NUJP-NCR

14.   NUJP-Samar

15.   NUJP-Bacolod Chapter

16.   NUJP-Nueva Ecija

17.   Consortium on Democracy and Disinformation

18.   VERA Files

19.   Photojournalists’ Center of the Philippines

20.   Kodao Productions

21.   Bulatlat

22.   Panay Today

23.   Dampig Katarungan

24.   Panaysayon

25.   Altermidya Network

26.   Northern Dispatch

27.   Davao Today

28.   Kilab Multimedia

29.   Tudla Productions

30.   Manila Today

31.   College Editors Guild of the Philippines

32.   UJP-Diliman

33.   International Association of Women in Radio and Television-Philippines chapter

34.   Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas

35.   Manila Collegian

36.   UP Solidaridad

37.   UPLB Perspective

38.   Himati, UP Mindanao


40.   KaLasag, UP CAL

41.   Scientia, UP College of Science

42.   Pagbutlak, UP Visayas

43.   The Accounts

44.   NCPAG-Umalohokan

45.   UP Baguio Outcrop

46.   UP College of Mass Communication

47.   UP Department of Journalism

48.   Philippine Communication Society

49.   Let’s Organize for Democracy and Integrity


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