NPC denounces Manila police official for threatening reporter/columnist

October 3, 2012 9:54 pm 

MANILA, Oct. 3 — The National Press Club (NPC) is denouncing the chief of personnel (D1) of the Manila Police District (MPD) for allegedly threatening a veteran police reporter and columnist who questioned the officer’s promotion.

Benny Antiporda, NPC president, said that Lily Reyes, who has been covering the police beat for two decades and currently writes a column for Remate, a national tabloid, was harassed and threatened by Supt. Santiago Pascual.

“Rather than help solve media killing, this official seems more eager to be placed on record as a ‘threat to press freedom,” Antiporda said.

Reyes criticized the promotion of the said officer in view of an existing policy of the Philippine National Police (PNP) that those with pending criminal or administrative case cannot be promoted until the case has been resolved in his favor.

Antiporda said this earned the ire of Pascual who allegedly sent a series of threatening messages to Reyes.

“While the NPC is reaching out with the leadership of the PNP for more vigilance in stemming the tide of media killings and harassment especially those coming from the ranks of our law enforcement units, officers like Supt. Pascual appears serious in destroying the gainsthat both sides have achieved so far,” Antiporda added.

Although Reyes, a member of the NPC, has already filed appropriate charges against Pascual before the office of National Capital Region director, Chief Supt. Leonardo Espina, Antiporda said it would be best to the PNP’s own interest that the complaint be immediately lookedinto and Pascual sanctioned for his actions. (PNA)



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