Joas Dignos (Valencia, Bukidnon, November 29). Michael Milo (Tandag, Surigao del Sur, December 7). Rogelio Butalid (Tagum City, Davao del Norte, December 11). Three broadcasters murdered in Mindanao within two weeks. The 19th, 20th and 21st since Pres Benigno Aquino III came to office and the 159th, 160th and 161st since we became a “demoracy” again, a claim that becomes more tenuous with each media killing.
But no, this government, which came to power on the promise of justice and human rights and “daang matuwid” (a straight path) chooses not only to downplay the enormity of the problem but denigrates the victims by deigning to dismiss some of them as “not legitimate.”
Mr. Aquino, time and again you have made media your whipping boy, chastising is for “negativism.”
But we are dying here, your government’s inaction perpetuating the impunity with which not just we but so many others – activists, environmentalists, lawyers, indigenous people, the religious–continue to be murdered while your administration turns a blind eye and a cold heart to the bloodshed.
It is all too clear to use that your promises are meaningless.
You, by your apathy, are just as guilty as those who gave the orders to kill and those who pulled the trigger.
Our colleagues’ blood, as all the victims’ blood, shall ever stain your hands.
And we will make sure you do not forget that and will call you to account.
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