Tacloban bet for mayor sued for barging into radio station

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TACLOBAN CITY—An outgoing party-list congressman who is running for mayor of this city is facing a complaint at the Commission on Elections (Comelec) for harassing and intimidating a radio commentator who has been criticizing the candidate.
Manuel Marta, who anchors a program in radio station dyBR, asked the Comelec to investigate An Waray party-list Rep. Florencio Noel and file charges against him.

Marta said he was wrapping up his radio program, “Punto de Vista,” at around 8 a.m. on April 26 when Noel, accompanied by armed bodyguards, barged into the announcer’s booth, grabbed his microphone and insisted on talking on air.

Marta’s lawyer, Rosemarie Pelaez, said that although the complaint filed against Noel was criminal in nature, as a candidate, his acts could be considered within the jurisdiction of the Comelec.

Karen Cajipo, city election officer, said Marta’s affidavit would be sent to the Comelec’s legal department.

Reached for comment, Noel said he would answer the complaint at the Comelec. But he denied he tried to hurt anyone in the radio station.

He said he heard Marta’s attacks on air and went to the station to air his side.

“I did it in good faith. I asked permission to enter the radio station and shake Marta’s hand,” Noel said.

Noel is running for mayor against reelectionist Mayor Alfredo Romualdez of the Nacionalista Party.

In his affidavit, Marta said Noel, his bodyguards, candidates Jing Sumayod and Raissa Villasin, and an unidentified woman forced their way into the announcer’s booth, which is a restricted area.

According to Marta, Noel sat on a seat reserved for invited guests, started to push buttons on the control board and reportedly grabbed the microphone from him and started talking on air.

Marta said Noel’s actions are a “clear form of harassment and intimidation to discourage free political commentary.”

Noel said Marta has been consistent in attacking him for the past three years.

Marta said during his program, he was discussing a study conducted by a group of students from the University of the Philippines that cited An Waray as among 11 party-list groups in Congress that failed to pass any bill for their sectors.

Complaint affidavit of Manuel Marta can be viewed here:

 First posted 7:33 pm | Friday, May 3rd, 2013

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  • Marx Louis Wang

    That can be considered a crime! Anyone grabbing a radio station and announce anything without permit can cause a big trouble by making misinformation. Ang lakas ng loob kasi may kasamang bodyguard at arogante pa! Kulong agad ng limang taon minimum.

  • speedstream2

    This may be the 21st century where many things come in shades of grey, but there still are time-honored rules of decorum. As always, it should be leadership by example.

  • huseng_batute

    Hindi pa mayor yan, ha! Paano pa kung nakaupo na sa pwesto?

  • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

    Huwag kang humiram ng tapang sa mga Bodyguard mo …”NOEL”””…!
    Ano ba yan “BEM NOEL”…wala ka daw nahimo han Congressman ka pa…yana aada ka pa ha Tacloban nag hihimo hin samok…!
    …Stop that.. FOOLISHNESS …”NOEL”,…
    Kun may-ada ka gud nahimo daw kay ano nga imo pa kakadtuon hi “Mannix Marta”…ha DYBR..?
    Diri ako nakilala ha imo kun taga diin ka Entoy….diri ka taga Tacloban…so Please huwag kang magtapang-tapangan sa Tacloban…
    Kilala ko ini hira Mannix og iya bogto tikang ka gutiay pa ha Independencia,…ikaw taga diin ka gud?
    Hindi ka pa nga Mayor…barumbado ka na…kaya wala kang aasahan sa mga Taclobanon…! waray ka ha Eskwala Entoy…!

  • randyaltarejos

    Naman kay nag lilinabad man ini hi Cong. Noel. Upaya idoy bangin maperdi ka dida ha syudad han Tacloban. I think the proper words to describe what Rep. Noel did was lack of “demeanor and respect.” In short, it could be translated to being “rude.” On the other hand, broadcaster Marta wasn’t fair in his commentaries, perhaps. Just because the radio station is owned by the Romualdez clan doesn’t mean he has the monopoly of the air time by attacking someone on the air without getting his side. Will the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas and the Comelec probe on this case?

    • http://twitter.com/ZALZANZIBAR ALBERTO ZALAZAR

      Randyaltarejos,
      …If NOEL really wants to air his side…why not make an appointment date & time to discuss para masagot niya ang mga sinasabi laban sa kanya….di ba?…
      …e kung ikaw siguro nandoon at may dala kang anting-anting…di…nagka-gulo at siguro masgrabe pa ang nangyari…

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