Robredo camp condemns attack on tabloid paper’s printing plant

Published September 10, 2019, 2:28 PM

by AJ Siytangco

By Raymund Antonio

The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo on Tuesday condemned the attack by four unidentified gunmen on Abante News group’s printing plant in Parañaque City.

Vice President Leni Robredo spoke about the importance of human rights and the rule of law, and how leaders must reach out to help the people realize this, when she delivered her remarks at the formal awarding of the 2018 Prize for Freedom to Senator Leila de Lima, held at Novotel, Quezon City, on Saturday, July 28, 2018. In her remarks, VP Leni lauded Sen. Leila for standing up as a defender for human rights and the rule of law amid the challenges of the times. (Photo by OVP)
Vice President Leni Robredo (OVP / MANILA BULLETIN)

“We condemn in the strongest possible terms the recent attack by armed men on the Abante printing offices,” Robredo’s spokesperson Barry Gutierrez said.

Gutierrez, who is also a legal adviser to Robredo, described the attack as a “brazen” assault on the freedom of the press, which he pointed out “cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged.”

While recognizing free press is vital in a democratic country, the spokesman said all Filipinos should resist such attempt to intimidate and silence Philippine media.

Four hooded men broke into the Abante printing plant in the wee hours of Monday morning and poured gasoline on printing machines and supplies before these were set ablaze.

The fire reportedly damaged P50,000 worth of equipment inside the printing house. There were no injuries or fatalities.

The Robredo camp also called on authorities to act swiftly on the incident and bring the perpetrators to justice.

Gutierrez warned those who seek to curtail Filipinos’ freedom through threats and violence.

“We will not be cowed. We will stand together and defend our freedom,” the former lawmaker said.