NPC urges DILG to ensure governor’s suspension

THE National Press Club of the Philippines (NPC) expressed dismay over the one month suspension issued by Malacanang against Kalinga Gov. Jocel Baac for assaulting a radio broadcaster in his own program last year.

“All media practitioners are dismayed that the most Pres. Noy Aquino can do to discipline officials like Gov. Baac is to slap him with a one month suspension,” declared NPC president Benny Antiporda.

“This certainly does not send the message that the culture of impunity prevalent among our public officials and other influential personalities in our society that resulted to the death of 34 of our colleagues in Maguindanao three years ago is being addressed with firmness by the government.

“But ‘half-baked’ this decision may have been, we are now calling on Pres. Aquino, thru the Department of Interior and Local Government(DILG), to implement without delay the suspension order,” Antiporda added.

It can be recalled that the NPC last year filed a complaint against the governor before the Office of the President for oppression and conduct prejudicial to the best interest of public service.

Last June 7, 2011, broadcaster Jerome Tabanganay of DzRK station was assaulted by Baac inside the radio booth while wrapping up hisprogram.

Baac grabbed the announcer’s microphone and slammed it into Tabanganay’s face.

A case was filed by NPC against Baac in behalf of the victim on orders of then NPC President Jerry Yap.

Antiporda said the sooner Baac is actually suspended, the better.

“Baka kasi dumating at natapos na ulit ang halalan, hindi nanasuspindi si Gob dahil sa mga apela,” he noted.

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