More RP Journalists hurt – News c/o SEAPA

September 6, 2007

Alert – Philippines
5 September 2007
Southeast Asian Press Alliance

Radio reporter stabbed

A radio reporter was stabbed and seriously wounded by an unknown
assailant on 31 August 2007 in Cadiz City, Negros Occidental, a
province approximately 480km from Manila.

Joel Abilay, a news reporter of Radio GMA (RGMA), was in a Cadiz
City market at around 7:00 p.m. (local time) when he was stabbed in
the back twice. Bystanders rushed Abilay to the Cadiz district
hospital. He was later transferred to the Teresita Lopez Jalandoni
Provincial Hospital in the nearby Silay city. According to Jessie
Morin, the police officer in charge of the case, the assailant was
a male in his early teens.

Sheryl Iqduila, a radio reporter of RGMA Bacolod, said that Abilay
usually covers police reports on the illegal gambling and illegal
drug trade in Cadiz. Iqduila said that Abilay’s reports could have
been the reason for the attack. Officer Morin said the only motive
the police have considered so far is retaliation for Sabilay’s
reports.

Iqduila said Abilay is now in stable condition.

Negros Occidental has been the scene of other attacks on
journalists. RGMA Bacolod station manager Ferdinand “Bambi” Yngson
was himself shot in Sagay city on 25 July by Romeo Bauden Corbo Jr,
deputy officer of the Land Transportation Office (LTO). The motive
for the attack is believed to be Yngson’s critical commentaries on
the LTO. Corbo, who was arrested while allegedly trying to escape,
was reported to have cursed and shouted at Yngson in the course of
the encounter, saying, “You keep attacking the LTO!”

Yngson, who was recently discharged from the hospital, has filed
attempted murder charges against Corbo.

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Southeast Asian Press Alliance.
538/1 Samsen Rd., Dusit, Bangkok 10300.
Tel: 66-2-2435579, 66-2-2435373, Fax: 66-2-2448749

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