CHR appeals to PBBM: ‘Protect PH’s media workers from attacks’

Published September 23, 2022, 2:10 PM

by Czarina Nicole Ong Ki


The Commission on Human Rights (CHR) called on President Ferdinand “Bongbong” Marcos Jr. to extend his commitment to uphold human rights and protect, also, media workers from attacks and threats that keep them from carrying out their work freely and safely.

Its appeal was made as it decided to conduct its own investigation, through its Region VII office, on the killing last Sept. 18 in Negro Oriental of radio broadcaster Renato Blanco.

Reports stated that Blanco, the anchorman of POWER 102.1 DYRY RFM, was stabbed to death by a farmer using a 10-inch knife. He was rushed to the Mabinay Community Hospital for medical treatment but was declared dead on arrival.

“The Commission decries this incident and notes the swift response of the Police Regional Office 7 in arresting the suspect. We call for speedy justice on this case and other rights violations and attacks against members of the press,” CHR Executive Director Jacqueline Ann de Guia said in a statement.

“CHR stresses the undeniable role of media in helping citizens receive accurate and timely information crucial to the realization of rights of every Filipino. Attacks against a free press impacts the human rights situation in the country,” De Guia, a lawyer, said.

She said the CHR expressed hopes that the case of Blanco, and other senseless killings and human rights violations, would be resolved immediately.

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