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[Statement] Profiling of lawyers is an assault to the administration of justice | NUJP

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Profiling of lawyers is an assault to the administration of justice

On March 12, 2021, a certain Police Lieutenant Fernando G. Calabria, Jr., Chief Intelligence Officer of Calbayog City Police Station wrote a letter to the Office of the Clerk of Court of the Calbayog City Hall of Justice “requesting” a list of lawyers representing supposed communist-terrorist group (CTG) personalities in court. The letter shows that the request is supposedly in compliance with the order of “PNP higher offices” to which the data will be submitted. Attached to the letter is a table of the data being requested from the clerk of court, to wit: “Legal Personality, Affiliations, Client (CTG Personality), Mode of Neutralization, Case Filed, and Status”.

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[In the news] Call on media workers to strengthen ranks, defend rights -INQUIRER.net

Call on media workers to strengthen ranks, defend rights.

Inquirer.net
May 8, 2013

inquirerThe National Union of Journalists of the Philippines joins all workers in the fight for jobs, decent wages and democratic rights.

We especially salute and express solidarity with all media workers who remain dedicated to and passionate about their work, despite the lack of job security, the meager wages, the absence of benefits and the risks that come with the media profession.

For while the Philippines continues to be among the world’s most murderous place for journalists, Filipino media workers  also bear dismal working conditions and low pay.

The global thrusts of news organizations to go multiplatform have intensified the work demand on media employees. Multimedia platforms require longer and heavier work hours without the corresponding increase in compensation. Even as Filipino media workers are fighting back, organizing themselves to defend their rights, media employers continue to deny them their rights. Only a few news organizations have labor unions and not all have collective bargaining agreements with employers. Union-busting and harassment of organizers and union leaders and members have increased.

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[In the news] Amid the hype about PNoy, PHL is still a very dangerous place -GMA News

Amid the hype about PNoy, PHL is still a very dangerous place
Marc Jayson Cayabyab and Patricia Denise Chiu, GMA News
May 3, 2013

gmanewsonlineThe Philippines has emerged as a global media darling, especially for its hot economy, and President Aquino is praised for a variety of achievements, the latest by Time magazine for the RH law and standing up to China.

But the government is failing where it matters most to many Filipinos – ensuring their safety.

The latest indication is its ranking as the third deadliest country in the world for journalists, according to the New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ). For all the hype about the Aquino administration, it has not stopped the culture of impunity that has made the Philippines a very dangerous place, media groups said Friday.

In a text message, Rowena Paraan of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said the ranking by CPJ, “is not surprising because nothing has basically changed.”

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[Featured Video] Speak up against impunity -NUJP

SPEAK UP AGAINST IMPUNITY
National Union of Journalists of the Philippines

nujp-logoJanuary 23 marks the 39th month since the Ampatuan Massacre. Since 1986, 154 journalists, including 32 of the 58 victims in the brutal murder, have been killed in the line of duty.

The insatiable lust for power by some, a wanton disregard for rights, and the weakness of institutions that are supposed to protect us from injustice have allowed Ampatuan Massacre and other murders to happen. That is how impunity works.

From today until the 23rd and even beyond, feel free to post and share this video. Say a thing or two against impunity.

Stand up for press freedom. Stand against impunity. (Public service ad created by BBDO)

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[In the news] JOINT EDITORIAL | Take a stand, don’t cop out on FOI -InterAksyon.com

JOINT EDITORIAL | Take a stand, don’t cop out on FOI
By NUJP, KBP, PPI, PCIJ, CMFR
January 21, 2013

InterAksyon logo2The following is a joint editorial released by the the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster ng Pilipinas, the Philippine Press Institute, the Philippine Center for Investigative Journalism, and the Center for Media Freedom and Responsibility. InterAksyon.com endorses the call for the passage of the Freedom of Information Bill.

It is the season of elections and all political parties and candidates are wont to spin a slew of promises yet again in their drive for votes.

But before they start courting voters yet again, the first order of business is this: Political parties and candidates must deliver on a promise they’ve made in elections past by taking and making known their party and personal stand on the passage of the Freedom of Information (FOI) bill.

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[In the news] Media groups express concern over threats on Kidapawan journalist -MindaNews.com

Media groups express concern over threats on Kidapawan journalist
By Malu Cadelina-Manar , MindaNews.com
January 17, 2013

MindaNewsKIDAPAWAN CITY (MindaNews / 16 Jan) – The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) has joined its affiliate, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP), in expressing concern about reports of a threat against a journalist here.

Reports reaching NUJP said that a texter, who identified himself as a member of the Bagani, was tasked to “silence” Joy Francisco, publisher and editor-in-chief of Southern Voice Journal (SVJ), a weekly tabloid based in this city.

The text, using the mobile phone number 09214095902, was sent to two local radio reporters, one of them Abner Francisco, program director of Charm Radio and columnist of the SVJ, around 8:30 a.m. last Sunday.

When the reporters tried to call the sender, the phone was already out of reach.

It was not clear how the texter was able to get the personal numbers of the reporters.

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[In the news] Cyber law talks set next week -PhilStar.com

Cyber law talks set next week
By Aurea Calica, The Philippine Star
October 05, 2012

MANILA, PhilippinesMalacañang has set a dialogue with stakeholders on the controversial Cybercrime Law even as more groups stepped up calls to repeal the law on fears that it would be used to suppress online freedoms.

A dialogue was scheduled on Oct. 9 to allow all stakeholders to air their concerns about Republic Act 10175, presidential spokesman Edwin Lacierda said.

The place and venue will be announced later, he said.

At the same time, Lacierda said he was not aware if the executive branch could still suspend the implementation of RA 10175 or the Cybercrime Prevention Act since it was “called to implement it.”

“We are the executive branch, we execute. What the legislative branch can do, I understand, and I have seen from some tweets that are going around, is that they can issue a joint resolution. But I don’t know if they intend to do that,” Lacierda said.

Lacierda said he could ask Justice Secretary Leila de Lima if a suspension of the law’s implementation was possible at this time.

Lacierda said so far no case had been filed for online libel or any of the contentious provisions and there were portions that would have to be enforced immediately.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) joined the growing clamor to repeal RA 10175.

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[In the news] 100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star

100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star.

By Bong S. Sarmiento
May 24, 2012

KORONADAL CITY — Some 100 suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago have remained scot-free, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Wednesday.

Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, also stressed that only 96 of the 196 suspects have been arrested since the manslaughter happened.

She also lamented that of the 64 suspects arraigned, only two of them are primary suspects — former Maguindanao Governor Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and his son and namesake Andal U. Ampatuan Jr., former mayor of Datu Unsay town.

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[in the news] 100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star

100 Ampatuan massacre suspects still scot-free | Sun.Star.

By Bong S. Sarmiento
May 24, 2012

KORONADAL CITY — Some 100 suspects in the gruesome massacre in the town of Ampatuan, Maguindanao that shocked the nation two years ago have remained scot-free, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Wednesday.

Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, also stressed that only 96 of the 196 suspects have been arrested since the manslaughter happened.

She also lamented that of the 64 suspects arraigned, only two of them are primary suspects — former Maguindanao Governor Andal S. Ampatuan Sr. and his son and namesake Andal U. Ampatuan Jr., former mayor of Datu Unsay town.

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[In the news] Journalists cry harassment in mining area; mining firm says story fabricated -MindaNews

MindaNews » Journalists cry harassment in mining area; mining firm says story fabricated.

By Mindanews
February 22, 2012

DAVAO CITY (MindaNews/21 February)  — A group of media from Pagadian City cried harassment by the Special Cafgu Active Auxiliary of  TVI Resource Development (Phils.) Inc.  in Sitio Balabag, Baragay Depore  in Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur on Monday but the mining firm on Tuesday denounced in a statement what it called a “fabricated story and imagined scenarios.”

“It is unfortunate that these reporters used the good name of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) in their unfounded stories,” TVIRD said in a statement released by Ron Jabal, Public Affairs Director.

TVIRD is the Philippine affiliate of TVI Pacific, Inc., a publicly listed Canadian frim focused on the exploration and production of precious and base metals The NUJP sent out two alerts Monday, about the alleged harassment in the mining area covered by the Balabag Project Mineral Production Sharing Agreement (MPSA) between TVIRD  and the government.

It quoted Hirohito “Jong” Cadion, Frontline Mindanao Balita publisher and Philippine Star correspondent,  as saying he, “together with 11 journalists and two others” went to the sitio Sunday night “to verify reports of an impending demolition of houses owned by civilians, mostly small-scale miners” residing near TVIRD’s exploration site.

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[In the news] Mindanao journalists held overnight by mining firm’s militia -InterAksyon.com

Mindanao journalists held overnight by mining firm’s militia
InterAksyon.com
February 20, 2012

MANILA, Philippines — (UPDATE – 8:43 p.m.) A dozen journalists from Pagadian City were stopped Sunday and held overnight by militiamen detailed to a foreign mining firm the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said Monday.

The journalists managed to leave area of Sitio Balabag in Barangay Depore, Bayog town, Zamboanga del Sur, late Monday afternoon after the Special Citizens Armed Forces Geographical Unit militia who had held them were “pulled out.”

The group was on its way back after covering the demolition of houses, mostly owned by small-scale miners, at a site targeted for exploration by Canadian firm TVI Resource Development Inc. when their way was blocked by the SCAA, who had even ripped up portions of the road with a backhoe.

Jong Cadion, publisher of Frontline Mindanao Balita, said when asked who had ordered them stopped, the militiamen replied: “’Yung TVI.”

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[In the news] NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER.com

NUJP reports threat vs GMA Network crew – RAPPLER – Philippine News | Multimedia | Citizen Journalism | Social Media.

By PATERNO ESMAQUEL II
February 2, 2012

MANILA, Philippines – A Cagayan de Oro City barangay official reportedly threatened a GMA Network crew while the latter pursued a story on the effects of mining, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said Thursday, February 2.

Cagayan de Oro City-based GMA Network reporter Nef Luczon said he had gone to the local barangay office with two cameramen, Micheal Tolang and Micheal Cabulay, on Wednesday for a story on mining and its effects on the local Iponan River.

Higaonon community leaders reportedly escorted the GMA-7 crew to the river, and showed them the extent of the operations of so-called small-scale miners. Iponan residents blame them for allegedly having exacerbated the damage wrought by Tropical Storm Sendong in December 2011, the NUJP said.

Lucson reportedly said barangay kagawad Roy Yanez suddenly accosted and verbally threatened them when they began asking barangay chairperson Loresa Gaupan regarding the barge.

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[In the news] Manhunt on for publisher’s killer – MindaNews

MindaNews » Manhunt on for publisher’s killer.

By Edwin G. Espejo | Thursday| February 2, 2012| Filed under: Top Stories

 GENERAL SANTOS CITY (MindaNews/1 Feb) – The Criminal Investigation and Detection Group (CIDG) in Region 12 launched a manhunt against the suspected gunman who shot and killed General Santos publisher Christopher Guarin on the evening of January 5 following the filing of murder case Wednesday morning.

CIDG regional chief and Task Force Guarin vice chair Senior Supt. Albert Ignatius Ferro said murder charges were already filed against one Marvin Palabrica who was “positively” identified by at least three witnesses from a police rogue gallery of suspected guns for hire operating in the region.

CIDG director Chief Supt. Samuel Pagdilao also made the announcement in the national press.

The suspect Palabrica is also known by his nickname Niño and is also facing several murder cases.

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[In the news] Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues- INQUIRER.net

Fil-Am journalists raise money for ‘Sendong’-stricken colleagues
By Nimfa U. Rueda, Philippine Daily Inquirer
January 29, 2012

 LOS ANGELESFilipino-American media practitioners here have raised at least $9,000 for media colleagues who were among those who died and lost their homes when Typhoon “Sendong” struck Northern Mindanao last month.

The media practitioners spearheaded a benefit concert and art auction, dubbed Sining Para sa Bayan, in Glendale, California, on Jan. 21.

The two-part event featured top-notch performers, musicians and artists, including Pinoy folk rock pioneer Florante and Emmy-award winner Jess Española, a visual animator for the cartoon series “The Simpsons.”
NUJP fund drive

Proceeds will go to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) fund for media workers who were among the victims of the deadly typhoon that left more than 1,000 people dead and displaced around 330,000 residents in the cities of Cagayan de Oro and Iligan.

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[In the news] BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage – InterAksyon.com

BJMP bars photographers, cameramen from massacre trial coverage
by InterAksyon.com
January 25, 2012

  MANILA, Philippines — For the second time this month, the Bureau of Jail Management and Penology on Wednesday barred photojournalists and television cameramen from shooting images and video footage of the makeshift courtroom in Camp Bagong Diwa where the Ampatuan massacre trial is being heard, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said.

BJMP personnel gave no reason for preventing photographers and cameramen from entering the jail compound where the courtroom and the detention center of those accused of the massacre are located.

The Quezon City Regional Trial Court, which conducts hearings at the Taguig courtroom, has allowed photographs and video footage to be taken before and after the proceedings.

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[In the news] GenSan journalists raise bounty: P200K for colleague’s killer – InterAksyon.com

GenSan journalists raise bounty: P200K for colleague’s killer
by Niccolo Blanco, InterAksyon.com
January 12, 2012

 GENERAL SANTOS CITY, Philippines — Journalists here passed the hat Thursday morning to help raise a bounty for the arrest of the gunmen and mastermind in the January 6 murder of their colleague, Tatak News publisher and editor-in-chief Christopher Guarin.

On Wednesday, after a donor who asked for anonymity put up an initial P50,000, media organizations agreed to raise a P200,000 reward for the capture of Guarin’s killers.

At a press conference the next day called by the local chapters of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and Kapisanan ng Mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas, the Socsksargen Press Club, Tri-Media Association of General Santos and Publishers Association of General Santos, media practitioners raised another P11,750 in individual donations in just 10 minutes.

Several local media outlets also vowed to chip in and drumbeat the fund campaign to once and for all put an end to the media killings that have made this city the most dangerous place for journalists in the country.

At the press conference, the media groups expressed their anxiety at the lack of progress in the investigation of the Guarin murder.

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[In the news] Reward money for capture of publisher’s killer – www.rappler.com

Reward money for capture of publisher‘s killer
BY EDWIN ESPEJO, www.rappler.com
January 12, 2012

 GENERAL SANTOS CITY – Colleagues of slain publisher Christopher Guarin said they were able to raise P50,000 as reward money for the surrender of the gunman who then should identify the mastermind behind the murder.

James Catalan, station manager of RPN here and president of the Kapisanan ng mga Brodkaster sa Pilipinas (KBP) chapter in the city, said a close friend of the local media here pledged the reward on condition of anonymity.

The media here gave assurance of protection for the gunman and help him get into the witness protection program.

City Mayor Darlene Antonino Custodio earlier said she will put up reward money for the capture of the publisher’s killers but is yet to disclose the exact amount more than one week after Guarin was killed.

She said she is still waiting for the recommendation of the city police office.

Journalists here are worried that the snail pace of investigation could give the perpetrators and mastermind time to cover their tracks.

“Let (also) us be reminded that there is a mastermind behind Guarin’s killing,” the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines chapter here said.

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[In the news] Int’l media group: Scrap contempt raps in massacre case – Interaksyon.com

Int’l media group: Scrap contempt raps in massacre case – Interaksyon.com.

MANILA, Philippines – An international media federation that represents more than 600,000 journalists in 131 countries urged the Court of Appeals on Tuesday to withdraw the indirect contempt case against an officer of the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines and the widow of one of the media workers killed in the November 23, 2009 Ampatuan massacre.

International Federation of Journalists Asia-Pacific director Jacqueline Park, in a statement, said the group was “concerned that the allegations against Rowena Paraan and Monette Salaysay are being used to silence witnesses, advocates and families of victims of the massacre.”

Paraan is secretary general of the NUJP, the IFJ’s Philippine affiliate. Salaysay’s husband Napoleon was one of the 58 persons killed in what has been called the worst incident of electoral violence in recent Philippine history and the worst single attack on the press ever.

The two face jail terms and hefty fines if the CA finds them in contempt.

The appellate court has asked the two to explain why they should not be cited in contempt for allegedly foisting “bias and corruption upon members of the court.”

Both had voiced concern about the slow trial of those accused of the massacre and also why two of the justices did not inhibit themselves from hearing a petition from suspended Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao government Zaldy Ampatuan to have himself dropped from the list of accused, when they had done so during a similar petition filed earlier by Ampatuan’s father Andal Sr.

The two are among key members of the powerful Maguindanao political clan who are accused of planning and carrying out the massacre.

The IFJ noted that the concern voiced out by Paraan ans Salaysay “are shared by members of the House of Representatives in the Philippines, including House Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr., who vowed on May 23, which marked a year and a half since the massacre, ‘not to forget and to do everything we can’ to help resolve the case.”

Park also cited a recent survey by the Social Weather Stations that found 51 percent of Filipinos saying the massacre trial and also noted growing criticism for how government is handling the situation.

“There is clearly broad public sentiment in the Philippines regarding a need to speed up the trials of the massacre suspects,” Park said. “The people of the Philippines have not forgotten that President Aquino made a public commitment before taking office that he would ensure justice is served in this case.”

The IFJ also urged “judicial and government officials to condemn any efforts to obstruct the speedy and fair trial of the massacre accused, and to ensure the focus of judicial actions remains on the conduct of the actual trials.”

Despite the contempt case, the NUJP has urged press freedom advocates and the victims’ families to “remain steadfast” in their quest for justice.

“More than ever, there is a need to remain vigilant on the conduct and proceedings of the [massacre] case amid continued reports of threats against the victims’ families and legal maneuvers of the accused,” the NUJP said in a statement.

“We will not be cowed into surrendering our right to free expression for we cannot afford to be silent as we monitor the progress of a case that is crucial … because its outcome may well determine whether we can continue to consider ourselves a democracy, a nation, a people,” it said.

The IFJ noted that it remained “unclear whether the petition against Paraan and Salaysay was based on a submission by lawyers defending massacre suspects, or initiated by the judiciary independently,” citing the fact that the citation against the two “is similar in tone to comments made by Zaldy Ampatuan in a newspaper advertisement published nationally on March 23. The advertisement alleged public comments were prejudicial to those accused of involvement in organizing and committing the massacre.”

Aside from Paraan and Salaysay, another contempt case has also been filed against private prosecutor Harry Roque for comments he made in a documentary film on the massacre.

[In the news] Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com

Surprise visits to Ampatuan jail cells proposed – Interaksyon.com.

Lira Dalangin-Fernandez, InterAksyon.com

MANILA, Philippines — Families of the victims of the Maguindanao massacre will press the government to allow them to conduct surprise visits on the detention facility of the members of the Ampatuan clan, principal suspects in the murder.

The families, who organized themselves into a group called Justice Now!, and the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said they will submit their letter of request to Department of Interior and Local Government (DILG) and the Department of Justice (DoJ) for access to the Ampatuan jail amid reports that the powerful clan has been getting special treatment while in detention.

Rowena Paraan, NUJP secretary general, said Justice Now! and NUJP have received reports that the Ampatuans are getting special treatment and are enjoying perks while in detention such as having their own helpers, catered food, airconditioned room, and use of cellular phones.

Reports have also reached them that the Ampatuans were also able to leave the facility in the company of jail guards, according to Paraan.

“If somebody like (former Batangas governor Antonio) Leviste can get out of jail anytime he pleases, then it’s not far-fetched that it happens also to somebody like the Ampatuans, who are more powerful and wealthy than Leviste,” Paraan said.

Alwyn Alburo, NUJP vice president, said families of the victims want transparency from the government to see how it is treating the suspects in the gruesome murder.

Six members of the Ampatuan clan are currently in jail, namely, former Maguindanao governor Andal Ampatuan Sr., his son former Autonomous Region in Muslim Mindanao (ARMM) governor Rizaldy Ampatuan, former Datu Unsay mayor Andal Ampatuan Jr., former Shariff Aguak mayor Datu Anwar Ampatuan, former vice governor Datu Sajid Ampatuan, and former Mamasapano mayor Akmad Ampatuan.

The six are sharing a cell in Camp Bagong Diwa in Bicutan. The rest of the 90 suspects who have been arrested are also in the police camp.

There are at least 196 suspects believed involved in the murder of 57 people, including 32 media workers, on November 23, 2009 in Barangay Salman, Ampatuan town.

At the 18th month commemoration of the massacre held in the House of Representatives Monday, Edith Tiamzon, widow of one of the journalists killed, said they want to see the condition of the Ampatuans in jail to ensure they are not getting VIP treatment.

Tiamzon lamented that the case has dragged for a year-and-a-half now and that justice is still nowhere in sight.

Speaker Feliciano Belmonte Jr. said lawmakers are wondering, too, about the progress of the case.

“After 18 months, the House is asking, too, what happened to the case? We are one with the families and supporters of the victims in seeking justice,” he said.

Belmonte said he hopes that justice would soon be served the families of the victims to ease their pain of losing their loved ones.

“I’m thinking what made people like Datu Unsay think they can do it. Let’s say the area there was dominated by warlords, but then we have innate humanity. What gave them the mindset that they can commit such murder?” he added.

Quezon Representative Lorenzo Tanada III, the deputy speaker, appealed to the public not to forget about the massacre.

“As long as we never forget, we keep justice within reach…Our homage to the victims is our mark of vigilance,” he said.

Gabriela partlist Representatives Luz Ilagan and Emmi de Jesus and Bayan Muna partylist Representative Teddy Casino also attended the commemoration.

[In the news] Army major assaults Bicol journalist – NUJP – Interaksyon.com

Army major assaults Bicol journalist – NUJP – Interaksyon.com.

MANILA, Philippines – An Army major allegedly assaulted a journalist in Camarines Sur province who had requested soldiers who were blocking a road while doing their exercises to give way to traffic, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines reported Thursday.

An alert issued by the media organization said Arnel Eclarinal, a news producer for GMA TV7-Naga was on a motorcycle with a cousin when they came across troops of the 9th Infantry Division who were occupying both lanes of the road while jogging in Barangay Caroyroyan, Pili town.

When Eclarinal asked some of the soldiers to occupy only one lane of the road so traffic could pass, one of the troops reportedly swore at him and said he and other motorists should wait until they were done.

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