President Benigno S. Aquino III on Wednesday made an
assurance that his administration will continue to work to
stop attacks on members of the press “until this number
In his speech during the Annual
Presidential Forum of the Foreign Correspondents Association
of the Philippines in Marco Polo Ortigas, the President said
things have changed since the martial law years, as the
country has returned to democratic rule.
longer live in a country where the media is muzzled, or
where the government tries to impose its will on
journalists,” he said.
In fact, he said, his
administration has been in active pursuit of all those who
have allegedly committed extralegal killings, including
those involving media, and the public can already see the
effects of the government’s efforts.
"We have made
high-profile arrests, recently, most prominently that of
Retired Major General Jovito Palparan for alleged violations
of human rights," the Chief Executive noted.
is also a significant reduction of recorded or validated
extralegal killings, from a total of 168 during the Arroyo
government to 42 in the four years of the present
administration, he said.
"Indeed, one could consider
this as progress, but make no mistake: Our administration
will not be content until this number reaches zero," he
The President in turn requested the
press to protect the truth.
(full story: 10.22.14)