THE largest organization of media practitioners here in the city has issued its official statement asking Misamis Oriental 2nd District Rep. Juliette Uy to apologize to Magnum Radyo reporter Menzie Montes in connection to an incident late last week.
In an emailed statement, Ritchie Salloman, president of the Cagayan de Oro Press Club called the attention of Uy for allegedly accusing Montes of “spying for the violets.”
“We ask that Rep. Uy issue an apology to Ms. Montes and let journalists do their job in the name of public interest,” Salloman’s statement reads in part.
Salloman said the word “violets” was probably alluding to Uy’s political opponents during an ocular inspection in relation to the Congressional hearing on the imported trash from South Korea in Tagoloan town on March 14.
“We find Rep. Uy’s attitude on that particular incident not befitting of a public official. We would like to remind the congresswoman that the reporter’s job is to gather news and report the same to the public,” Salloman said.
He added that the organization sees nothing wrong with taking pictures of government officials since this is part of the news gathering process. (cbc)