Media Security

50 journalists lost lives in 2020, says global NGO

50 journalists lost lives in 2020, says global NGOANKARA – At least 50 journalists were reported killed in 2020, more than one-third in the countries considered “at peace", according to Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF) -- an international NGO that safeguards the right to... Read More

PTFoMS observes landmark conviction of Ampatuan massacre suspects

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) called on the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to heed the cries for justice of the victims' real families and colleagues by classifying the case as resolved.The PTFoMS made the statement... Read More

Palace condemns killing of Pangasinan newsman, vows swift justice

MANILA – Describing it as an act of cowardice, Malacañang strongly condemned the killing of radio announcer Virgilio S. Maganes in Villasis, Pangasinan on Tuesday morning and vowed to hunt down and punish those responsible.“We are deeply saddened by the untimely death of Virgilio... Read More

Targeting journalists takes toll on ‘societies as a whole’: UN

NEW YORK – When journalists are targeted, "societies as a whole pay a price", the UN chief said on Monday, on the International Day to End Impunity for Crimes against Journalists."If we do not protect journalists, our ability to remain informed and make evidence-based decisions is severely... Read More

Suspect in Kidapawan radioman slay joins NPA: PTFoMS

MANILA – In a desperate attempt to evade justice for the killing of Brigada News FM–Kidapawan station manager Eduardo Sanchez Dizon, prime suspect Dante Encarnacion Tabusares a.k.a. Bong Encarnacion has cowered behind the Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army... Read More

PCOO lauds House panel approval of bill on media workers' welfare

MANILA – Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) Secretary Martin Andanar on Monday welcomed the decision of the House Committee on Labor and Employment to approve the amended draft substitute bill to the proposed Act enhancing the benefits, protection, and security of media... Read More

PTFoMS condemns killing of ex-Sorsogon radioman

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) denounced the killing of former radioman Jobert “Polpog” Bercasio who was gunned down by motorcycle riding-in-tandem gunmen near Seabreeze Homes in Brgy. Cabid-an, Sorsogon on Monday night."The government strongly... Read More

UNESCO classifies Ampatuan massacre case ‘resolved’

MANILA – The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has officially classified the Ampatuan massacre as “resolved”, proof that the country’s justice system in safeguarding press freedom is truly working under the Duterte administration.Moez... Read More

Data sharing deal to speed up probe on attacks vs. press: PCOO

MANILA – The signing of the Data Sharing Agreement (DSA) between the Department of Justice (DOJ) Inter-Agency Committee Secretariat and the Commission on Human Rights (CHR) will ensure faster investigation and response on matters relating to media security, a Palace official said... Read More

Media Workers Welfare bill ‘a game changer’: solon

MANILA – All Filipino media workers will enjoy full protection in the performance of their duties as the proposed bill on the Media Workers’ Welfare nears final approval at the House of Representatives’ Committee on Labor and Employment.ACT-CIS Party-list Rep. Niña Taduran, who... Read More

Missing cop key to solving Dumaguete broadcaster’s slay

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) said a missing cop holds the key to solving the killing of radio broadcaster Cornelio “Rex” Pepino in Dumaguete City.Citing reports from local investigators, the PTFoMS said Police Executive Master Sergeant (PEMS) Ruel... Read More

PTFoMS takes over probe of slain Dumaguete broadcaster

MANILA – For better and tighter coordination between law enforcement agencies, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has announced that it has taken over the probe into the gruesome murder of broadcaster Cornelio “Rex” Pepino.PTFoMS chairman and Justice Secretary... Read More

Justice rolls out for slain Surigao del Sur broadcaster

MANILA – Rolly Mahilum, the prime suspect in the brutal murder of Surigao del Sur DXBF Prime Broadcasting Network manager and anchor Christopher Iban “Chris Rapido” Lozada (Lozada) in October 2017, was finally brought to trial.This welcome development was announced Thursday by the... Read More

Probers in radio anchor slay bare threats

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has expressed alarm over reports that investigators tasked to resolve the recent killing of Dumaguete City-based radio anchor Cornelio “Rex” Pepino are being subjected to serious threats and intimidation by some... Read More

PCOO vows gov't commitment to media protection, welfare

DAGUPAN CITY – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) has reiterated its commitment to the protection and welfare of media workers in the country amid the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic.In an interview Saturday, Undersecretary Joel Egco, Presidential Task Force... Read More

PTFoMS hails Pinoy journos as ‘heroes’ in fight vs. Covid-19

MANILA – On the eve of the observance of World Press Freedom Day, the Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMs) on Saturday hailed Filipino journalists and media professionals as “heroes” in the fight against the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic in the... Read More

Media workers’ protection amid Covid-19 threat pushed anew

MANILA – The Presidential Communications Operations Office (PCOO) on Tuesday stressed the need to give media workers equal protection, security, and benefits, especially now that the country is battling with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.PCOO Undersecretary Joel Egco renewed his... Read More

Suspect in Surigao del Sur radioman's murder falls

MANILA – Elements of the Surigao del Sur Provincial Police Office arrested Rolly Mahilum, the prime suspect in the murder of DXBF Prime Broadcasting Network operations manager and anchor Christopher “Chris Rapido” Lozada (Lozada) in October 2017.According to a report received by... Read More

PTFoMS warns ‘protectors’ of suspect in radioman’s killing

MANILA — The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) has issued a stern warning against certain local government and police officials who are reportedly protecting the alleged mastermind in the brutal killing of Kidapawan-based radioman Eduardo Dizon.In a letter to Police Regional... Read More

PNP, NBI asked to arrest mastermind in news anchor killing

MANILA – The Presidential Task Force on Media Security (PTFoMS) is coordinating with the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI) and the Philippine National Police (PNP) to effect the immediate arrest of Dante Tabosares, the alleged mastermind in the killing of Brigada News FM anchor Eduardo... Read More