CITY OF NAGA, Bicol Region – Organized media groups shall converge before twilight, Friday, Valentine’s Day, at Esguerra gate, ABS-CBN compound, Quezon City, in support for the renewal of franchise and continuity of the media giant to operate in public service.

This was announced Thursday by National Union of Journalists of the Philippines [NUJP] to freedom loving stakeholders in the media sector.

The announcement reached Bicol Today in Naga City on Thursday.

NUJP has numerous local chapters in cities and provinces nationwide.

The support for ABS-CBN has been snowballing among concerned sectors which are seeing the curtailment of press freedom by the power-hungry Duterte Administration.

ABS-CBN franchise to operate shall expire on March, and it needs Congressional action for franchise renewal. Rumours going the rounds among Congressmen say franchise renewal for ABS-CBN may not happen owing to pressures from MalacaƱang.

To reinforce MalacaƱang’s intent to shutdown the media giant, the Solicitor General last week filed a quo warranto against the firm before the Supreme Court.

President Duterte was reported as harboring hatred on the media giant, which has become critical on his administration and on his controversial decisions and policies.

Media groups such as NUJP, Altermidya, and other organizations are seeing Duterte’s action as “harsh measure in suppressing press freedom.”

Duterte, in several occasions, has “red-tagged” critical media practitioners who are now placed in dangerous risky situations of being assassinated by “right-wing groups”

There had been several harassments, and killings of media men, and several of them had been critical on his administration.

NUJP advises those, who are participating in the Red Friday rally for press freedom, to wear red. [Joey Natividad]


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