Public apology demanded from Rappler, PTV4, QC cops

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By Rose de la Cruz

 

For wrongly tagging two Quezon City kagawad as suspects in the fatal stabbing of Ombudsman Assistant Special Prosecutor Madonna Joy Ednaco Tanyag.

 

Rep. Bernadette Herrera-Dy, former QC Councilor of District 1, said Barangay Vasra kagawad Oliver Pascasio and kagawad-elect Segundo Antenor, were written in the police blotter as suspects without even conducting the proper investigation or because of flawed English.

 

Rappler and PTV-4 must conduct their own internal review to determine how they made their mistakes out in the field and in their newsrooms.

 

The fact is Pascasio and Antenor came to the rescue of the Ombudsman prosecutor and rushed her to hospital in an effort to save her life.  She said she was a QC councilor for three terms before being elected as Bagong Henerasyon Party-list Representative in Congress.

 

It is disgusting that Rappler and PTV-4 reported them as suspects and in the process maligned their honor before the public and to their constituents in Barangay Vasra in particular.

 

Retractions of the wrongful Rappler and PTV-4 reports are not sufficient.

 

She said she demands a public apology by them and by the local QC police.

 

She also demanded that the reporters, editors and QC police officers personally apologize to Kagawad Pascasio and Antenor for what they did to them.

 

 

They can defend their actions, present reasons for the errors all they want. The bottom line is they named the wrong suspects and for that they must apologize.

 

She also took the opportunity to appeal to PNP Chief Oscar Albayalde and PNP NCRPO Director Guillermo Eleazar to investigate the wrongful identification of the two QC kagawad as suspects.

 

She also asked the police to intensify their war against street crimes and illegal drugs. “We need more police visibility. Quezon City has long been a hotbed and nest of drug pushers and drug addicts. The PNP clearly must do more but within the bounds of human rights protocols and law,” she said.

 

She also cited the need for more law enforcement training for all barangay tanod and for more PNP who know how to investigate, she added.

 

We need first aid training for barangay officials and tanods so they can save lives on the spot and not just rush victims to the hospitals.

 

Street crimes are often done by street gangs and some violent neighborhood fraternities. We need the new anti-hazing law now because that has provisions that will protect citizens against neighborhood fraternities that commit street crimes.

 

Also, Kagawad Pascasio, Antenor, and Bagong Henerasyon Party-list condole with the family, friends, and colleagues of Assistant Special Prosecutor Tanyag on her violent and untimely death.

 

 

 

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