By ROGER M. BALANZA
PART II – Kapisanan ng mga Pekeng Brodkasters ng Piipinas (KPBP)
In the libel cases filed by Governor Jayvee Tyron Uy and his father Provincial Board member Arturo “Chiongkee” Uy, the Davao de Oro government officials were not only facing up to radio broadcasters whodo not play the media profession by the rules.
The Uys were also up against an eight-man band of fake radio broadcasters brutally firing unfounded defamatory missiles from an unlicensed radio station, without regard whatsoever to even the barest requirement of media ethics.
The gang calls their group as the Magnificent 8, but critics gave them an obnoxious name, Otso Inidoro, to do justice to the garbage that spews out of their mouth.
Since early May this year the Uys endured a barrage of brutal commentaries fired early morning, noon and evening by the Otso Inidoro gang from two FM radio stations (InfiniteRadio FM 96.1-Tagum City and Power Radio 94.7 – DavaoCity) accusing them of corruption and other irregularities.
The black propaganda being fired just months before the May 2022 elections, the Uys can only suspect that the Otso Inidoro was hired by a Davao de Oro politician who wanted to challenge Gov Uy’s reelection and a Davao del Norte politician whose reelection could be challenged by an Uy.
Talks say the Davao de Oro politician coughed up half-a-million pesos to the Otso Inidoro to conduct the smear drive against the Uys.
Records also show that the Otso Inidoro gang are listed in the payroll of the Davao del Norte Office of the Govvernor receiving as much as P30,000 per month.
The Otso Inidoro gang members are also not accredited by the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KBP), the agency that police violations of media ethics in the broadcast industry.
Mainstream broadcast media players consider the Otso Inidoro gang as fake broadcasters and jestingly tag the group as members of the Kapisanan ng mga Pekeng Brodkasters ng Pilipinas (KPBP).
One of the two radio stations, Tagum City-based Infinite Radio 96.1, where Otso Inidoro broadcast its defmation against the Uys, is also not licensed, operating as a branch of another station with an expired franchise.
The Otso Inidoro gang vowed to send the Uys to jail for alleged overpricing in government purchases and other irregularities, but they may find themselves soon behind bars courtesy of their foul mouths.
The Uys have already filed against the Otso Inidoro more than a hundred counts of libel and cyber libel, based on two months of their morning, noon and evening scurrilous and defamatory assaults on the person and reputation of the Uys, in their radio commentaries and in social media.
The Uys’ legal counsel, Glen Carnicer, said the Uys have never filed a libel case against the media in their long years in government.
The Uys respect the role of media in government, said Carnicer in an interview in the Bakbak program hosted by anchorman Kid Libunao on Tagum City-based RPFM 99.9 radio on Monday, July 5.
But the Otso Inidoro was different. (NEXT – PART III – The Governor’s paid hacks)