By Mark Garcia
BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental — Media organizations in Negros Occidental have condemned Wednesday night’s strafing of the house of a radio broadcaster in Talisay City, north of this capital city of the province.
In a separate statements issued Thursday, the Negros Press Club and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP)-Bacolod called on police to thoroughly investigate the attack on Rey Siason of Muews Radio.
It was learned that the drive-by shooting was carried out by unidentified armed men riding two motorcycles in Carmela Valley Homes, Talisay City.
No one was hurt during the incident but it traumatized Siason’s family including his 16-year-old daughter, NUJP-Bacolod’s statement said.
He was not at home when the incident happened and it was his teenage daughter who informed him about the incident through a phone call after hearing four gunshots.
The NUJP said shooting happened while Siason, who was on his way home with two companions, decided to stop outside their subdivision for a meal.
Probers collected empty bullet casings on the street where the firing came and a deformed slug of a .45-caliber gun outside Siason’s house.
Renato “Boy” Duran, president of NPC, said while no one was hurt the organization believes that the act is despicable and an affront to members of the Fourth Estate.
NUJP-Bacolod Chair Marchel Espina emphasized that an attack on journalists is a threat to democracy.
“We called on the authorities to swiftly investigate the incident and bring those responsible to justice,” said Espina.
Early this year, a broadcaster of Muews Radio was also attacked by several men.
Former Negros Press Club President Ranilo Azue, also Panay News, just finished his radio program when he was mauled by the suspects outside their radio station on February 16.
Espina also urged her fellow journalists to report to NUJP any threats and attacks for documentation and to call on authorities to investigate any incidents harming the members of the Fourth Estate.
NPC joins the call for swift resolution of the case. “We are calling on authorities to conduct a thorough investigation and bring the perpetrators to the bar of justice,” Duran said.