Keep the fight going! ACT-CIS, Bayan Muna support Abante after arson attack
The top two party-lists in the House of Representatives have expressed support for the tabloid Abante after the arson attack on its Parañaque printing plant.
Bayan Muna party-list Reps. Carlos Zarate, Ferdinand Gaite and Eufemia Cullamat said Tuesday (September 10) that the attack is a clear attempt at silencing the media for doing their job of exposing anomalies.
“This attack should not cause Abante and our media friends to back down, but instead band together and advance the right of our people for transparency and accountability,” they said in a statement.
ACT-CIS Representative Niña Taduran described the arson as a “blatant attack against press freedom.”
“The perpetrators of this barbaric act must be apprehended and the masterminds identified,” she said in a separate statement.
With three seats each, Bayan Muna and ACT-CIS are the two party-lists which won big in the May midterm polls.
ACT-CIS’ two other representatives in the House are Reps. Eric Go Yap and Jocelyn Tulfo.
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.
Abante Managing Editor Fernando Jadulco vowed that the tabloid will remain unfazed in doing its job despite the attack.
“We will not be cowed by this attempt to strike fear into our reporters, editors and staff. Our commitment to hard-hitting journalism remains unshaken,” he said.