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Takot ma-exposé! Abante arson attack could be politically motivated, says Nograles

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By JOHN CARLO M. CAHINHINAN

Party-list Cong. Jericho Nograles (Puwersa ng Bayaning Atleta) believed that the recent arson attack against hard-hitting tabloid newspaper Abante could be politically motivated.

“This could be political, but definitely criminal,” said Nograles in a statement.

Nograles condemned Monday’s morning attack inside Abante’s publishing plant in Sucat, Parañaque, wherein armed perpetrators attempted to blaze the paper’s printing equipment and injuring two on-duty staff.

Nograles said the armed perpetrators were probably hired mercenaries by those who are affected by Abante’s hard-hitting style of news and commentary.

“Natatakot siguro mga kriminal sa mga expose ng Abante and all its affiliated outlets,” said Nograles.

The party-list solon believed that all those personalities and groups who have been exposed by Abante in the past can be considered behind the violent attack.

“Lahat ng nai-report ay dapat suspek na may motibo, kasama na ang blind item,” said Nograles.

Party-list groups ACT-CIS and Bayan Muna earlier urged authorities to hasten its inquiry over the attempted arson against Abante.

Abante Editor-in-Chief Fernando Jadulco on Monday stressed the news entity “will not be cowed by this attempt to strike fear into our reporters, editors and staff.”

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