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Cops’ designation as media security focal persons timely

The designation of police personnel as focal persons for media workers who need security assistance is timely and relevant, the Philippine National Police (PNP) said on Thursday.

PNP spokesperson, Col. Roderick Alba, made the remark after the Department of the Interior and Local Government (DILG) designated officers of the PNP as media security focal persons in each province and city nationwide to provide a mantle of protection for members of the media who may face threats or intimidation in the course of the 2022 elections.

“The PNP finds it timely and relevant to designate focal persons purposely for media security, ayon na rin sa kautusan ng DILG (based on the order of DILG). Our PNP Chief (Gen. Dionardo Carlos) has high regard sa trabaho (job) and the sacrifices of our media partners. The job will be more challenging sa pagko-cover ng (to cover) election. Sila ang magiging takbuhan ng ating (these are the person to go of our) media practitioners kung may mga (if there is) threat or intimidation that relates to the performance of their profession,” Alba said in a message sent to reporters when sought for a comment. Read More

Philippines ranked 7th deadliest country for journalists

With 13 unresolved killings in the last 10 years, the Philippines maintained its No. 7 ranking among dangerous places for journlists.

According to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists’ Global Impunity Index, the Philippines remains to be one of the worst countries when it comes to unsolved killings of journalists.

Somalia remained the world’s worst country for unsolved killings, along with Syria, Iraq, Sudan and Afghanistan, based on the latest data, which covers the period September 1, 2011, to August 31, 2021.

PTFoMS confident PH will be out of CPJ’s impunity index soon

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has expressed optimism that the Philippines will soon be out of the Global Impunity Index (GII) released by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a US-based media watchdog.This as the country remained on its “biggest mover”… Read More

PTFoMS in relentless efforts to arrest the remaining suspects in Maguindanao Massacre

AMPATUAN MASSACRE VERDICT. The legal counsels (foreground) and the accused in the 2009 Maguindanao massacre case await the verdict at the Camp Bagong Diwa in Taguig City on Dec. 19, 2019. The Presidential Task Force on Media Security on Saturday (Dec. 19, 2020), commemorated the landmark decision of Quezon City Regional Trial Court Branch 221 Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes who found 197 accused guilty, including eight members of the Ampatuan clan, for the gruesome murder of 58 people, including 32 media workers, on Nov. 29, 2009 in Ampatuan, Maguindanao. (Screengrab from PTV-4)

PTFoMS observes landmark conviction of Ampatuan massacre suspects

 December 20, 2020

The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to heed the cries for justice of the victims’ real families and colleagues by classifying the case as resolved.

The PTFoMS made the statement… Read More


UNESCO classifies Ampatuan massacre case ‘resolved’

The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially classified the Ampatuan massacre as “resolved”, proof that the country’s justice system in safeguarding press freedom is truly working under the Duterte administration.


Moez Chackchouk, UNESCO’s Assistant Director-General for Communication and Information, announced this in his letter to Ambassador Theresa Lazaro, acknowledging the concrete efforts of the government in bringing to justice the suspects in the 2009 massacre. Read More

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PTFoMS expects favorable ruling to Maguindanao massacre victims

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The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) expressed optimism on Friday that the court will rule in favor of the families of victims of the 2009 Maguindanao massacre.

ampatuan 7“We expect that justice will ultimately prevail for the victims and their families,” Presidential Communications Operations Office Secretary Martin Andanar, co-chairperson of the PTFoMS, said in a statement.

Andanar’s statement came after the Supreme Court has granted the 30-day extension of the deadline requested by the Quezon City Regional Trial Court (RTC) to rule on the multiple murder case against nearly 200 individuals tagged in the massacre of 58 people in Maguindanao province in 2009.

The High Court extended the deadline for the ruling on the cases against the accused after Quezon City RTC Branch 221 Presiding Judge Jocelyn Solis-Reyes had sought more time to look into the “voluminous records” of the cases.



The “voluminous” records include 165 volumes of records of proceedings, 65 volumes of transcripts of stenographic notes, and eight volumes of the prosecution’s documentary evidence.

The verdict was supposed to be released on or before November 20, but the Supreme Court extended it until December 20.

PTFoMS co-chairperson, Undersecretary Joel Egco was hopeful that the families of the victims would finally get justice, a decade after the mass murder in Maguindanao.

“It is worth the wait. What is one month compared to 10 years? Lower courts usually go on Christmas break in mid-December. So the decision may be out by December 14,” he said.

“Without pre-empting the outcome, I am optimistic that the families of the victims will finally get the justice that they have been waiting for the last decade,” he added.

A total of 58 people, including 32 journalists and media workers, were on their way to the Commission on Elections’ local office to witness the filing of candidacy of then Buluan vice mayor Esmael Mangudadatu for 2010 gubernatorial race when they were flagged and killed by gunmen in Ampatuan town in Maguindanao on November 23, 2009.

Multiple murder cases were filed against Datu Andal Ampatuan, the principal accused in the case, and 196 co-accused.

Egco attributed the impending conclusion of the Maguindanao massacre case to the Duterte administration’s “political will”.

Andanar lauded those who worked hard in bringing closure to the “worst case of election-related violence.”

“We cannot help but be amazed at the dedication of the men and women of the law enforcement units, prosecutors, and most especially, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security, whose passion for their work is exceeded only by their desire to see this case through its conclusion,” he said.

“This is another addition to President Duterte’s legacy, that one of the most despicable acts against journalists in the history of the world will finally come to a close during his term,” he added.

Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra, who also chairs the PTFoMS, earlier expressed confidence that the prosecution would secure “a just decision at least as against the principal accused”. (PNA)


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