‘Di pwedeng palampasin! Robredo’s camp calls arson attack on Abante a ‘brazen assault’ on press
The camp of Vice President Leni Robredo has joined the growing number of politikos who condemned the arson attack which hit the printing plant of the tabloid Abante in Parañaque City
Robredo’s spokesperson, Barry Gutierrez, urged authorities Tuesday (September 10) to “act swiftly” to identify those behind the attack.
“This brazen assault on our free press cannot be allowed to pass unchallenged. A free press is essential in a free nation, and this attempt to intimidate and silence Abante, the leading Filipino language publication in our country, must be resisted by all freedom-loving Filipinos,” he said in a statement.
Four hooded men forcibly entered Abante’s printing plant in Parañaque City between 1 a.m. and 2 a.m. Monday (September 9) by overpowering the unarmed security guard.
The men doused the place with gasoline and set it on fire. They fled immediately on motorcycles.
In the face of attacks against media, Gutierrez told those who want to intimidate freedom loving entities that they will remain unfazed.
“We will not be cowed. We will stand together and defend our freedom,” he said.