Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Phillipinnes - the most dangerous country for Journalists

The Philippines is by far the most dangerous country for journalists, apart from Iraq.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said 142 journalists in Philippines were killed since the restoration of democracy in 1986 after then President Ferdinand Marcos was ousted by the people power led by former Philippines President, Corazon Aquino.

The world's worst mass killing of journalists happened in the Philippines on the morning of November 23, 2009 in the town of Ampatuan in Maguindanao province, on the island of Mindanao in the southern Philippines in the infamous Maguindanao massacre.

The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) has called the Maguindanao massacre on as the single deadliest event for journalists in the history of the world.

At least 34 journalists are known to have died on that fateful morning, abducted and killed by 100 armed men, contracted to kill by the super-evil family of Andal Ampatuan who maybe is a devil worshipper.

This figure is worse than during Pol Pot Khmer Rouge regime, Adolf Hitler's reign of terror, and worse than what the Mexican and Colombian drug cartels can do.

Those poor journalists were among 58 people killed, on their way to file a certificate of candidacy for Esmael Mangudadatu, vice mayor of Buluan town, for the gubernatorial election.

For some unknown reasons, the Phillippines Police and Armed Forces, refused to escort and protect the convoy, despite being requested - a stupid decision that led to the worst atrocities commited against media practitioners and mankind in the 21st Century.

Esmael Mangudadatu, the guy whose very own political ambition led to this mass murders, also did not take part in the convoy for he knew that death will greet him on arrival at the gate of hell, instead of a nomination form.

The stupid Esmael stupidly let other innocent people including journalists, to die for his own stupid political greed and clamouring!!!!!

A video tribute to the UNTV journalists who were among the 57 murdered in the worst election-related massacre in the Philippines in the Ampatuan town of Maguindanao province on .

Now, another journalist was killed in Puerto Princessa in Palawan, Southern Phillippines on Monday 24th January 2011 by hitmen or contract killers who are willing to kill anyone for a mere 150,000 pesos, considering that a 3rd of Philippines population lives on less than 45 pesos a day.

For those cold blodded murderers, lives mean nothing to them. Just pay them 150,000 pesos and they will blow up anyone head and kill anyone you wish, including those who stole your girl friend.

Gerardo Ortega, 47, a radio journalist was shot in the head while shopping in a clothing store in Puerto Princesa, the capital of Palawan island, on Monday morning, 24th January 2011, shortly after he finished his daily broadcast.

The gunman, Marlon de Camata, was detained while trying to escape the scene, police said.

The identities of the men who approached De Camata as well as their supposed "boss" were still being verified and could not be publicly released due to the sensitivity of the investigation, Amurao said.

However, he said police suspected Ortega's efforts to expose illegal mining led to his death.

"We are looking at that as a possible motive. Ortega's hard-hitting commentaries were targeted against mining companies he had accused of destroying Palawan's environment," Amurao said.

He described Ortega as a staunch environmentalist who regularly went to church and was well-liked on the island.

Puerto Princesa mayor Edward Hagedorn said that the murder weapon was positively traced to a lawyer formerly employed by an ex-governor who Ortega had repeatedly criticised as corrupt.

Hagedorn said Ortega was clearly killed because of his anti-corruption and pro-environment crusade.

Perhaps journalists need to be equipped with this super gun below:

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