OLONGAPO CITY — Ranking as 6th with highest number of media members killed in the whole world, the present administration under the leadership of President Rodrigo Roa Duterte is serious and committed to end the media violence in the country through the Presidential Task Force on violence against media workers also known as Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS).
Over 150 personnel from Central Luzon composed of members of the media group from Bulacan Press Club, Inc., Nueva Ecija Press Club, Pampanga Media, Central Luzon Media Association, NUJP with Provincial Prosecutors, police provincial directors of Police Regional Office 3 (PRO3) and National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) directors have joined the one-day seminar of the 3rd PTFoMS Regional Seminar on Operational Guidelines and Protocols of Duterte’s Administrative Order No. 01 held at the By The Sea Resort Hotel in Barretto, Olongapo City on Thursday.
PTFoMS Executive Director and Undersecretary Joel Egco said that during the seminar, the media members had the opportunity to interact with the stakeholders of the Task Force member agencies where it highlighted the full implementation of AO1’s Operational Guidelines (OG) and PTFoMS Protocols (PP).
The seminar aims to inform the people in the provinces about the Duterte administration’s campaign against media killings and harassment.
It also includes the cascading of AO1, OG, and PP from national, regional down to the local level, in order for those concerned to understand more particularly the media members and police personnel their roles and responsibilities in the full implementation of the AO.
It was learned that since 2008, around 162 media members have killed where dirty politics, corruption and the vulnerability of the media profession were among the major contributors of media killings cases in the country.
“It is time to cleanse the rank of media of “hao-siao” and provide continued education for journalists about the highest ethical standards of media profession and it also helps to uplift their moral” Egco said.
He said that out of the nine media killings that the PTFoMS has resolved so far, only two of them are ‘verified’ as work-related while others are personal, politics and love life reasons.
Egco said dirty politics, corruption and the vulnerability of the media profession were among the major contributors of media killings in the country.
It was learned that in 2015, Philippines ranked 3rd; fourth in 2016; fifth in 2017 and dropped to sixth in 2018 with the most number of slain media workers in the world. (RONDA Balita Online News)