In a public statement, Goldberg said: “Our nations share this deep respect for freedom of speech, expression, and the press that is enshrined in our constitutions and demonstrated every day in print, on the airwaves, and online.” He also added: “At the same time, I have been troubled by the continued acts of violence committed against journalists.”
In his statement, Goldberg pointed out that while media killings may have decreased under the Aquino administration, the country remains one of the most dangerous countries in the world for journalists.
“The Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) ranks the Philippines as the second most dangerous country for journalists and having the third worst record for bringing killers of media practitioners to justice,” Goldberg said, referring to the 2013 report of the US-based media watchdog published last month.
In late 2009, 31 journalists, along with the wife and family of a rival political party were gunned down and their bodies buried in a mass grave. To date, the Aquino administration has done nothing to see that justice is served against the rival clan responsible. So with all this going on, why on earth has nothing truly been done to stop this kind of violence?
The most obvious is the fact that since the potential perpetrator seems to be immune to any arrests (let alone an accusation), this kind of shit is going to continue. And many of us believe it may only get worse before the present administration leaves in 2016. From this reporters perspective, “27 dead brothers and sisters during the Aquino administration, is 27 too many!”
It really makes me sick how the killers of 31 journalists STILL remains unresolved, as it gets dragged through the Philippine justice system, which already has a terrible reputation as is. Even the killers find themselves enjoying 3 hot meals a day and a roof over their heads. All at the Filipino tax payers expense.