JOURNALIST Grace Albasin, a former National Union of Journalists of the Philippines director, has received death threats over social media stemming from the arrest of her daughter, youth activist Myles Albasin, and five companions who the military has accused of being communist rebels.
Grace, now the Bukdinon correspondent of the Philippine Daily Inquirer, first received this threat from a certain “Jeprox Raider” on her Messenger account: “Mga NPA mong animal mo (You NPA animals), good luck may the bullet find you.”
Jeprox Raider continued to threaten Grace, this time commenting on a post on her Faecbook page: “sana sa susunod manglaban na lang siya ha, or kayo mismo mga magulang na kinain ng sistema (may she fight back in the future, or you the parents eaten up by the system), may the bullet find you someday, that’s the curse of the public for you, you NPA buttheads.”
Grace said the threats and vilification have aggravated the stress of trying to address the crisis their family is facing.
When the government fears the truth. There can be no other reason for this government’s obsession with going after Rappler than its abhorrence to and fear of the truth.
How else explain the resources, the manpower, the funds brought to bear against Rappler – from the apparently Jose Calida-coordinated SEC assault to the peevish ban on Pia Ranada to the BIR’s pursuit of tax evasion charges and the NBI’s revival of a cyber libel case it had earlier dropped?
After realizing its arsenal of lies and deception has achieved little more than play to an echo chamber while utterly failing to drown out the independent and critical media, the administration has resorted to the weapon of the truly desperate – sheer brawn.
But it would be well to remind this dispensation that the last government to attempt this was the Marcos dictatorship. If President Duterte and his minions are so hellbent to repeat history, they should remember what happened to that government. –National Union of Journalists of the Philippines