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Kalinga governor suspended for hitting reporter

MANILA, Philippines – A Philippine governor who whacked a broadcaster on the head with a microphone has been suspended for a month.

President Benigno Aquino III ordered Governor Jocel Baac of northern Kalinga province suspended without pay a year after a video showed him bursting into DZRK radio studio and attacking announcer Jerome Tabanganay.

Tabanganay said Baac apparently was irked by the station’s commentaries on illegal gambling and logging in the upland province.

Aquino warned in his order handed down over the weekend that similar action will be dealt with more severely.

The Philippines is one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists. In 2009, at least 31 media workers were among 57 people massacred allegedly by members of a powerful clan in the country’s south.

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Tags: Governor Jocel Baac , Kalinga , Local Governments , Media , punishment

  • Branch_Warren

    one year after? ay kay bagal talaga ng hustisya. walang kaso? dapat magsampa ng kaso yung reporter. subalit maiintindihan ko rin kung di na sya  nagsampa dahil sa takut sa kanyang buhay. isa pa, bakit isang buwan lamang? dapat tanggal agad sa pusisyon. ganyan ba ang mga gusto nating manlilikngkod? nananakit sa atin?

    • http://www.facebook.com/george.bull.7 George Bull

      tino-tolerate kasi ang pang-a-api ng ordinaryong tao ng mga government officials.

  • doublecross

    ano, yon lang ang parusa.tan***a, dami illegal logging doon at jueteng, bulag kc si robredo.

    • http://www.facebook.com/george.bull.7 George Bull

      Hindi bulag kungdi, hindi tama ang values ng mga government officials. Kung ordinaryong tao ang gumawa, kulong. Kung government officials ang may gawa, light penalty lamang.

  • Branch_Warren

    i am proposing a new law. any civilian can hit a govt employee on the head if he/she failed to provide good service to him/her.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_CQAUQPFLMOXQMME2GLSK23WFOQ okidoki

    ONE MONTH SUSPENSION??? What kind of government is this?? This guy should have been kicked out of office!!!! It is apparent that he is guilty of jueteng operations in his province (and much more) that he was upset with the radio announcer (for telling the truth). And sadly, this action by the government was one year after the incident occurred. C’mon, wake up Philippines!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_NPON5WTAIOOBJE52P74TNVO3OU noel

    isang buwan lang……………tsk tsk tsk…….tsk…..tsk…..tsk….

  • drake equation

    What the! Only suspension? He should be fired, lose his job, plus imprisoned not less than a month! Period!

  • regd

    Maybe that is his way of airing his views karaoke style? Why the heck does PDI provide a cheap location of Kalinga? No photo of the town?

  • vin reyes

    pwede palang “guest news report” dito sa inquirer…wala na ba kayong maibalitang iba?

    • andresa igbac

       what’s guest news report? saka anong sabi mo na walang ibang balita ang inquirer? ikaw nga lumang luma na yong ke inday badiday, binalita mo pa hahah.

  • http://twitter.com/LokalBrownies vin reyes

    buti “microphone” lang ginamit ni gob…yung iba “tinutumba” na lang basta ng walang kaabog-abog..yun nga lang laging sa mga lalawigan nangyayari..naalala nyo ba noon yung baklang naging barangay captain sa bandang quiapo..naging guest sa tv program ni inday badiday na “see true” na pinalo ng microphone ng isang ring guest sa show na yon

  • $21788126

    This is better.In many other cases, where media practitioners are killed, the whole city or province knows but are afraid to say a word. They are mum.


  • MonMayuga

    This should set a pattern which needs to be used all over the country. Local government officials do not tolerate criticisms by local media practitioners who often risk their lives or get killed for exposing anomalies unscrupulous public servants allegedly commit.

    This presidential suspension order should serve notice that local officials cannot rule with iron fists.

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D2HO2OLYKSMEABK4ESI47NT2TU edgardo

      yes i agree but it should be fair to all, no special treatment nor special people. what about the case of inday duterte and PA llamas? just a thing to ponder,

      • marionics

        yung kay duterte ala nang balita e. si llamas parang naabsuwelto yata sa pagkaalala kong nabasa ko nuon

      • MonMayuga

        Neither do national government officials can, I hasten to add.

    • Korean_woman

      local officials cannot rule with irons in fists 

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_D2HO2OLYKSMEABK4ESI47NT2TU edgardo

    bakit si inday duterte hindi personally pinasuspend ni pnoy? hmmn something fishy! parang mas grabe pa nga ginawa ni inday duterte pero tikom lang bibig ni pnoy. anong say nyo? 

    • marionics

      i really don’t know kasi di naman sinabi sa balita but the procedure i think is the dilg has original jurisdiction over the admin case and then appealable to the president. kaya din siguro umabot ng isang taon (which is really no excuse din naman)

  • http://twitter.com/wee_kender wee

    is that all, one month suspension?
    more than the whacking of phone, it’s the gall of the politician that justify severe punishment.

  • Platypus09

    That sounds like a criminal offense.

    How was he elected by the people of the province considering he has this kind of persona? It is like the people who voted for him allowed him to perpetuate this kind if behavior. They should not re-elect him after serving some jail time with due process.

    Anyways, he must have grown up during the strict military regime of Marcos and he was just showing it.

    This gotta be changed among our fellow Filipinos. This is simply an abusive behavior. We need to learn how to be democratic and civil like living in a democratic country should be.

  • 711sense

    First it took the government one year to investigate and found the governor guilty. Second, only a 30 day suspension? that kind of punishment doesnt fit the crime. The suspension is just a slap on the hand for an abusive politician, similar to the Mayor of Davao City who has not gotten anything but wishy washy talk. The abuse will continue and the people who voted to place this politician in place are the losers.

  • http://profile.yahoo.com/5E7JM26KJF2PVE2EUL3L3MXYK4 Anthony

    one month lang? isang taon sanang without pay… nagalit si gov. kasi tinatamaan ata sya sa mga paratang.

    yung kay inday duterte, sabi ng kaibigan kong taga Davao, sadyang matigas daw talaga yung Sheriff kaya na jombag ni Inday… hehhee!

  • http://www.facebook.com/joma.eusebio Joma Eusebio

    That Kalinga Governor must be mentally ill! God have mercy on the people of Kalinga!

  • MonMayuga

    Those officials, operators of illegal business enterprises, gambling lords and persons who ply lucrative but unlawful activities in the provinces do not tolerate criticisms. Those who make the “mistake” of calling the attention of the authorities and the public through the media about their operations are being summarily executed. These killings contribute to the worsening human rights situation and the danger to the lives of journalists in this country.

  • jabadong

    Bugbogin na lang gagong walang pinagaralan na gobernador na to, ugaling tigabundok, lol.

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