Campus journalists react to Duterte’s statement on media killings

President-elect Rodrigo "Digong" Duterte speaks during a news conference in his hometown Davao City in southern Philippines, May 16, 2016. REUTERS/Stringer
President-elect Rodrigo “Digong” Duterte 

Some campus journalists have raised their concerns regarding the controversial statement of incoming president Rodrigo Duterte regarding media killings.

In a joint statement of Anjon Fredrick Mamunta, Vice-chairperson of the College Editors Guild of the Philippines Northern Mindanao Region, and Rochamae Bihag, Vice President For Mindanao of CEGP, they insisted that it warries the campus journalists on what will happen to the media under the Duterte administration.

The statement added that the reason why media’s lives are in danger is because of the stories they publish regarding corrupt, failures of government officials.

This is contrary to what President Duterte quipped during a recent press conference that these people from the media deserve to die because of their corrupt ways and biased stories.

Part of the petition includes other victims of alleged media killings, including Cosme Maestrado and Gregorio Ybanez who were killed last year, Doc Gerry Ortega, the victims in the Maguindanao massacre, and the latest is MPD Director, Alex Balcoba.


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