Casiño says media should be spared from election-related violence

PARTY LIST representative and senatorial bet Teddy Casiño condemned the killing of Julius Caesar Cauzo, a broadcaster of the local radio station dwJJ in Nueva Ecija.

“Ang nakakatakot dito e tuloy-tuloy na dumadami ang kaso ng pagpatay sa mga mamamahayag nitong palapit na ang eleksyon lalo pa sa mga journalists na kilalang malapit sa mga polititiko. Ganito rin halos ang scenario nung mangyari ang Maguindanao massacre noong 2009 kung saan naparaming mga mamamahayag ang piñata,” said the solon.

Cauzo’s coemployees lamented that the attack happened while a gun ban is in force in Cabanatuan for the Dec. 1 plebiscite to ratify the change of its status from a component city of Nueva Ecija to a highly urbanized city (HUC).

“Politicians and their supporters should not shoot the messenger if they don’t like the message. Journalists are there to report whether government officials are doing their jobs or not, politicians who feel maligned or offended should just air their side and not resort to violence,” said Casiño.

“This was the case with Dr. Gerry Ortega and a lot of other journalists, the case of Julius Cauzo may also be the same. The point is the Aquino administration should do all it can to stop these killings and not dismiss them as mere propaganda,” he ended.

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