Iligan City commentator attacked inside station booth

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By Joey Natividad
Special Correspondent

CITY OF NAGA, BICOL REGION (BicolToday.com/20-Mar-2013) – The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) reported on Tuesday that a journalist in MIndanao was attacked and threatened by unnamed persons, Bicol Today.com learned.

NUJP named Lino Dela Cruz, a radio commentator and long-time Philippine Star correspondent in Iligan City, as the one who was attacked and threatened by three people while anchoring a block-time program paid for by the provincial government of Lanao del Norte.

As reported to media colleagues, Dela Cruz said the incident happened at about 12:30 pm yesterday (Mar. 18) while he was on air hosting the radio block-time program Serbisyo sa Katawhan Una sa Tanan (Service to the People First and Foremost) at station dxLS Love Radio Iligan.

Dela Cruz said he was criticizing Casan Maquiling, a former board member of Lanao del Norte and former mayor of the municipality of Munai, when two men and a woman who identified herself as Maquiling’s elder sister accosted him inside the announcer’s booth.

As narrated, one of the two men grabbed the commentator by the throat and told him to stop making negative commentaries against Maquiling.

Maquiling is running for governorship of Lanao del Norte under the administration (Liberal) party against incumbent governor Khaled Dimaporo.

Dela Cruz, who has only just began to anchor the block-time program, said he had earlier spoken against Maquiling after the latter criticized Abdullah Dimaporo, father of the incumbent governor, for refusing to sign a covenant among local candidates calling for peaceful elections in May.

The elder Dimaporo is running for a congressional seat in the 2nd District of Lanao del Norte.

Dela Cruz disclosed he also discussed on air Maquiling’s alleged support for the Moro Islamic Liberation Front (MILF) when the latter was still mayor of Munai. [BicolToday.com]

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