Cops beat PDI correspondent covering demonstration in Davao



Photo by Karlos Manlupig

DAVAO CITY, Philippines—A Philippine Daily Inquirer correspondent received several blows from the anti-riot police while he was covering a demonstration at the Department of Social Welfare and Development regional office here at around 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Karlos Manlupig said he was taking photos of the policemen arresting the protesters when the incident happened.

“I was inside the DSWD compound to take photos and interview two arrested protesters, who were injured, when policemen started asking questions,” he said.

“They told me that I should be taking photos of the policemen who were also injured. I told them I already did,” he said, adding that this prompted the lawmen to push him out of the DSWD compound.

While being pushed by policemen with their shields, some hit him with truncheons, Manlupig said.

“For several times, they hit me on the left arm,” he said, adding that the policemen, using shields, also pushed against the gate, hitting his head with their shields.

Manlupig was covering the protest action of typhoon victims who trooped to the DSWD office demanding the release of relief goods meant for them.

On Tuesday, a policeman also hit Manlupig with a rattan stick while he was taking photos of  protesters breaking down the DSWD gates and carting away relief goods.

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  • pablowescobar

    yan napala ng mga mayayabang!

  • Manuel_II

     maangas kasi, porket pwede nilang ibalita lahat at expose akala mo sino nah, mas mayayabang pa nga iba nyan kaysa sa Police at Government Officials.

  • Palparan

    karma na yan! good job mga pulis! 

  • patriotic_act

    this leeches should be purged.. tama lang sa inyo yan.

    sa mga reporter naman mas maganda wag nyo na icover yang mga yan, mas lalo nagiging maaangas at maaarte yang mga yan pag nakikita na yung mga camera nyo, sobra galing umarte nyang mga yan.. na-experience ko yan first hand while I was doing OJT for channel 13 news crew many many years ago.

    pag walang mga camera nasa lilim yang mga yan.. pag nagsimula ng magcover ang mga reporter at may camera na tatayo na yung mga yan tapos magsisimula ng magsisisigaw tapos kahit na hanggang labas lang ng gate ang permit to demonstrate nila magpipilit ng pumasok yan so obviously pipigilan ng mga pulis using their riot shields..

    dito mo na makikita kung gaano ka OA at kagaling na artista tong mga salot na to.. tinulak lang sila ulit palabas ng konti maglulupasay na sa kalsada yang mga yan habang sumisigaw ng “pinalo ako! pinalo ako! police brutality!!” ayan na mambabato na sila.

    these people are path*tic.. they should be profiled at ilagay sa database online para makita ng mga employers.. lahat ng may history ng pagiging aktibista wag tanggapin.

  • Markus Pulubi

    Yung media din kasi parang sino. They think they are VIPs that are allowed any places they want to go, even in restricted areas. Kaya tuloy nasali sa bugbug.    

  • wawa2172

    Part of the job and that is risk being with the media. With the chaos that resulted one cannot really differentiate a media with the protesters. With a high tech camera the media people could take shots at the distance. Lumapit ka so talagang mapapalo complain please. As I have said it goes with the job na masaktan. 

  • Palparan

    si rolando de quiros dapat ding tubuhin sa ulo

  • Kilabot ng mga Balahibo

    Where the heck is the main article in PDI?

    Another broadsheet reported that relief was slow because it was politicized.  Meaning friendly areas got aid first. Non politically friendly areas get nothing.

  • Edgardo Mendoza

    bakit ganun marami parin ang gutom!

  • Joseph Ivo Albores Aguinaldo

    I was there as per observation the police department of davao city did a great job. I saw their stressed out faces and weary bodies. I guessed, only few of them in the picket were true victims most of them are faking for their own selfish motives. I had high regards to the police for controlling the protesters, calmly- because if I was the police I already hit and bit them they were overacting and even provocative with their words. They should rather stay at home and work out their muscles and energy for food. Many of them when ask, why they were participating the protest would just I answer “I DON’T KNOW WHY, THEY JUST BROUGHT US HERE”.

  • Jao Romero

    media men who complain of the perils of the job, and worse, make their plight “news” are the worst type of journalists. you’re not supposed to be the news. so don’t make yourself the issue.

  • James G

    What I read was him being pushed back, bumping his head into their shields and preventing his left arm from doing anything. . . This is not even worth a story. . . 

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