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Manila, Philippines – Are journalists meant to be shut up and finally killed?

The past maybe the past, but they are bound to be repeated if they are ignored. It is time to look into journalist killings all over again, perchance there is any hope for change. That these things have set a pattern for others to follow indicates that the gangrene is there: the penchant to shut up somebody’s mouth from telling the truth.

Immediately following is a register of journalists in the Philippines killed, detained, harassed, or threatened while doing their duty. The period spans barely the last decade from 2002 up to the present although for the recent years, data have yet to be consolidated. At times, these reports that include classic cases give a description of the event and the situation obtaining. The main sources for these are Reporters without Borders and the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and their rendition have been preserved. Included in this report are most recent ones known to the public but ignored by mainstream media. The details of this later part shall be covered in another account.

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CRYING FOR JUSTICE. Marcos Mataro of D 'X-Man, UNTV, was instantly killed with 6 gunshot wounds while waiting for a bus bound for Metro Manila. As reported in Abante Online, May 29, 2008, the suspect to Mataro’s killing was Nickson Icao, owner of the motorcycle used by the gunmen with plate number DW4524; and Felizardo Lumagham, or “Ka Zaldy”, a deacon of the Iglesia ni Cristo who reportedly borrowed the motorcycle. The murder remains unsolved.

CRYING FOR JUSTICE. Marcos Mataro of D 'X-Man, UNTV, was instantly killed with 6 gunshot wounds while waiting for a bus bound for Metro Manila. As reported in Abante Online, May 29, 2008, the suspect to Mataro’s killing was Nickson Icao, owner of the motorcycle used by the gunmen with plate number DW4524; and Felizardo Lumagham, or “Ka Zaldy”, a deacon of the Iglesia ni Cristo who reportedly borrowed the motorcycle. The murder remains unsolved.

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Manila, Philippines – Unlike Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton’s long, heated rivalry in the 2008 US presidential campaign, there are politicians in other countries who choose to take the short cut to political power by wooing the kingmaker. Instead of patiently reaching out to the electorate, these politicians seek the person or group of people who has the capacity to influence the conclusion of a political run, a method that assures the former’s promise of the future in exchange for the latter’s favor.

On a different perspective, however, a kingmaker isn’t a kingmaker for nothing. Take for example Kakuei Tanaka, the most prominent political kingmaker in Japan. He served as Japan’s Prime Minister during 1972-74. But even after his term, he remained dominant and influential. Even though he got involved in political scandals, he was able to choke the Prime Minister at will without holding a position in the cabinet.

Monetary, arms, and politics are common players in a kingmaker scenario. More often than not, these factors entail negative effects to the government. In the Philippines, however, there is another player: religion. And the effect of this kingmaker, as far as records are concerned, is unexpectedly catastrophic. It is a chain of crimes and power – behind mythical numbers yet.

Detailed here by prominent newspapers, the Supreme Court and a television station are random reports of the criminal and related activities of one such religious group, the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ, considered to be the kingmaker in the Philippine political arena. It spans contemporary times but leads back to 1954 where the founder, Felix Manalo, is featured as a rapist. Finally, it ends with Eraño Manalo’s own words about the nature of their mythical membership. Eraño, now in his early 80s, is the son of Felix Manalo…

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The tabloid media are widely used in the religious feud between the Eraño Manalo’s Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) and Bro. Eli Soriano of the Ang Dating Daan.  Recently, the broadsheets are seen the latest participants in this propaganda by Soriano’s detractors and critics.

Tabloid newspapers are generally sensationalistic and biased in the Philippines.  Usually, facts and information are muddled with gossips and controversies.  The Philippine Daily Inquirer, Philippine Star, and Philippine Journal

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The Philippines should be thankful that she is blessed with an intelligent but poor man who never hesitate to speak with all honesty and warn her of all signs of religious politicking.

Yet very recently, news reports made an image of the poor man as an international fugitive courtesy of an alleged rape issue which many believe was an invented case.

It looks like anytime or wherever the poor man speaks of the truth, he receives blows of persecutions in any avenues the religious orders have network and power – the media, the highest courts of the land, and now, the international police.  Making the poor man the abuser than the abused, the exploitative than exploited, the influential members of these religious fraternities now find reason to laugh at, malign and torment him.

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Love and hate, good and evil, truth and lies — People has the power to choose and do what they please. While there are SOME who earnestly promote love, goodwill, and truth — conversely, there are MORE people who doggedly do the opposite.

To Christians, being hated, persecuted, or falsely accused is no marvel to them. It’s but to be expected. (1 John 3:13)

Throughout the history of man’s service to God, it’s an obvious fact that being maligned and hated does not mean you are automatically the ‘BAD GUY’.

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