Casiño pushes for Journalist Insurance Act

AS the country continues to commemorate the third anniversary of the Maguindanao massacre, party list representative Teddy Casiño pushed for the immediate approval of  House Bill 2842 or the Journalist Insurance Bill.

“Tumitindi at dumadami na po talaga ang atake sa mga mamamahayag sa ilalim ng adminsitrasyon ni Aquino at kailangang agad itong mapigilan pero habang ito ay ginagawa, dapat din na may insurance ang mga mamahayag at kanilang mga pamilya,” said the lawmaker.

“As it is the Philippines is the second most dangerous country to cover based on the report of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) with at least 140 journalist s killed since 1986, next only to Iraq with 151. Majority of those killed were covering politics, corruption and crime. An overwhelming majority were murdered because of their work while the rest died during dangerous assignments. Only a handful of cases have been partially resolved,” Casiño added.

“Isa sa matitingkad na halimbawa e ang nangyayari sa trial ng Maguindanao massacre na inaabot ng siyam-siyam. Kawawa din ang mga kapamilya at kamag-anak ng mga biktima na walang ibang inaasahan kundi ang mga namatay nilang mahal sa buhay. Sa ganitong sitwasyon kaya ko itinutulak ang Journalist Insurance Bill,” he said.

“With this bill media practitioners and/or their families can get P200,000 death and disability benefits and P100,000 reimbursement for their medical expenses when injuries are acquired in the line of duty. At the very least, families of slain journalists or those disabled may receive temporary relief while awaiting the resolution of their cases,”Casiño said.

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