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Cagayan media condemn mauling of cameraman

by Ben Moses Ebreo

Bayombong, Nueva Vizcaya (May 7) -- Members of various media organizations in Cagayan proince recently expressed condemnation on the mauling of their fellow cameraman while taking footages on alleged vote buying activities inside a business establishment in May 2.

"We strongly condemn the barbaric act committed against Mr. Efren Taccad, a cameraman of RBC Cable Master System, while in the performance of his duty as photojournalist in Tuguegarao City," the 42 media practitioners said in their manifesto.

Taccad, who is now recuperating from lacerations and contusions on his head was mauled inside The Port, a known resort and night spot in Tuguegarao City in May 2.

In their statement, Taccad, along with Dina Tuddao, a reporter of the RBC Cable Master System went to The Port to verify a reported vote buying activity.

While taking footages, Taccad was suddenly grabbed and dragged by unidentified persons inside The Port and was mauled while Tuddao who was left outside the business establishment called on the police for assistance.

Responding on the call of Tuddao, policemen arrived at The Port and asked for his release but they were told by the men inside the business establishment that he was a spy that was sent by a political candidate, followed by their denials for hiding Taccad.

It was only known that Taccad was inside The Port when the Chief of Police insisted to talk with its owners lawyers Jonathan Baligod and Victorio Casauay who admitted that Taccad was inside a room while being given first aid treatment for his bruises.

After allowing their entry, Taccad who was crying in pain was taken to the St. Paul Hospital for further treatment.

"This blatant disregard of the people's rights, even the mandate of institutions to protect the people and maintain law and order is a clear manifestation of arrogance," the Cagayan mediamen added in their manifesto.

They said that despite the incident, they will continue to perform their mandate to gather information and deliver to the public what they need to be informed of.

"This is our role and we affirm our commitment to uphold objectivity in the performance of our mandate whatever odds may be," they said. (PIA NVizcaya) [top]

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