Media Issues

AlterMidya denounces killings of journalists in Sorsogon, Davao

Slain journalists Gregorio Ybañez (left) and Teodoro Escanilla (right).
AlterMidya denounces killings of journalists in Sorsogon, Davao
Altermidya.Net

We in AlterMidya, a national network of independent and progressive media outfits are alarmed over the killing of two media practitioners in Sorsogon and Davao in the last two days. We condemn the continuing culture of impunity and violence in the country and demand justice for the two victims.

Teodoro Escanilla, 63, was gunned down by unidentified men on August 19 inside his house in Tagdon Village, Barcelona, Sorsogon. Escanilla, a spokesperson of human rights group Karapatan, anchored a radio program Pamanang Lahi over local radio station DZMS for 10 years. According to Karapatan, Escanilla criticized the military for the rising human rights abuses in Sorsogon over his radio program.

In Tagum, Davao, unidentified gunmen also shot dead Gregorio Ybañez, president of the Davao del Norte Press and Radio-TV Club (DNPRC) on August 18 outside his home. Ybañez was the publisher of the weekly newspaper Kabuhayan News Services in Tagum City. He was also a radio blocktimer in Gold FM, a local radio station. His program Isumbong Mo Kay Ben (Tell it to Ben) reportedly tackled issues related to the ongoing conflict in the local electric cooperative where he served as director.

The assassinations of Escanilla and Ybañez brings the number of media killings to 29 under the Aquino administration and 149 since 1986. Their deaths are a grim reminder of the Aquino administration’s evident sanction to the climate of impunity and injustice in the country.

The state should be held accountable for the deaths of Escanilla and Ybañez and of all other victims of extrajudicial killings in the Philippines. AlterMidya joins human rights advocates and media organizations in seeking justice for Escanilla and Ybañez. We demand the immediate arrest of the masterminds and perpetrators of the killings. We call for an end to the escalating culture of impunity and the continuing attacks against the right to freedom of expression.

Reference: Mr Benjie Oliveros, AlterMidya spokesperson

Media Issues

More in Media Issues

STATEMENT: Alternative media outfits under attack fight back

Altermidya.NetMarch 29, 2019

Netizens’ free expression in grave threat with cyberlibel conviction

Altermidya.NetMarch 27, 2019

OVERCOME CYBER-MARTIAL LAW

Altermidya.NetMarch 12, 2019

UNITY STATEMENT: From cyber libel to cyber attacks : Duterte is desperate in suppressing the truth

Altermidya.NetFebruary 15, 2019

DDoS by DDS? Hands off alternative media, uphold people’s right to know

Altermidya.NetFebruary 6, 2019

Alternative media under siege

Altermidya.NetDecember 28, 2018

Stop targeting community journalists

Altermidya.NetDecember 13, 2018

Pagdakip kina Hiyas, Jon, Einstein

Altermidya.NetNovember 28, 2018

NINE YEARS: We refuse to forget

Altermidya.NetNovember 23, 2018

Altermidya (People’s Alternative Media Network) is a national network of independent and progressive media outfits, institutions and individuals in the Philippines.

Like us on Facebook!

Copyright © 2015 | People's Alternative Media Network