Camarines Norte radio commentator gets death threat a day after beaten up

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DAET, Camarines Norte, 18July2013 (BicolToday.com) – Another radio broadcaster, this time in Camarines Norte, got death threats, a day after he was allegedly beaten up by a Governor’s bodyguard.

Rommel Fenix, a radio broadcaster in Daet, Camarines Norte, on Friday (July 12) evening received three (3) bullets and a death threat enclosed in a box that resembled a coffin.

The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) chapter in Sorsogon reported Fenix, commentator for station dzAU, was alerted by one of his neighbors on Friday evening, after the latter found a suspicious box outside the commentator’s home.

In a note posted in his Facebook page, Fenix said the box contained, upon inspection by police and his neighbors, three .45 Caliber bullets and a message that wrote, “Rommel Fenix -DZAU, mamamahayag ng bayan, para sa ‘yo ang mga balang ‘yan! Hintayin mong ibaon ko sa katawan ang natitirang bala ko, malapit na ang oras mo (Rommel Fenix of dzAU, people’s journalist, those bullets are for you. Wait until I fire you these bullets. Your end is near).”

The small box bore Fenix’s surname and was partly covered in transparent tape, resembling a coffin.

The commentator said the incident caused distress to his wife and children.

A day before receiving the death threat, Fenix was physically assaulted allegedly by Ronnie Bardon, a retired policeman who works as security officer of Camarines Norte Gov. Edgardo Tallado.

In a complaint he filed before the Daet Police, Fenix said he was calling someone over his cellphone in front of a gasoline station in downtown Daet when Bardon punched him in his right eye, left cheek and chin.

While being attacked, Fenix reportedly heard Bardon say, “Papatayin kitang hayop ka P***** i** mo. Matagal na kaming nagtitimpi ni Governor Taliado sa iyo. Kung wala lang mga tao dito ay patay ka nang hayop ka! (I’m going to kill you, beast. *Expletive*. The governor and I have kept mum about you for long. If no one is around you’re dead by now!).”

Bardon immediately rode a black motorcycle after beating Fenix. The motorcycle bore no plate number.

Known to be a critic of the provincial governor, Fenix has been receiving threats, allegedly from the governor’s allies, since 2012.

In January 2013, Fenix forwarded to NUJP a series of threatening text messages which he believed sent by an ally of Tallado. The messages came following a warning made by the governor in a radio interview. In the interview, Tallado said everyone who will implicate him in a shootout that happened in Atimonan, Quezon earlier that month would be in danger.

Days before, Fenix reported about an unidentified Governor who allegedly sold gold bars to a group of men who were killed in the said incident. [BicolToday.com]

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