A statement by Fellows of the 2011 UP-CMC Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop
Mindanao Gold Star Daily associate editor Leonardo Vicente “Cong” B. Corrales is again under attack by enemies of press freedom and freedom of expression. Shady people behind Facebook page “Kamatooran” and “Uswag Radio Bukidnon” red-tagged Cong, an abominable act that puts our colleague in grave danger.
We, fellows of the 15th University of the Philippines-College of Mass Communication Lopez Jaena Community Journalism Workshop, condemn the cowardly attacks against our co-fellow Cong. He has not done anything illegal and immoral in voicing out his opinions. It is his attackers who warrant investigation and prosecution for their dastardly deeds.
Like Cong, our Lopez Jaena batch mate and Manila Today editor Lady Ann “Icy” Salem is also being made to suffer for speaking truth to power. She was unjustly arrested last December 10, International Human Rights Day, and slapped with patently trumped-up charges of illegal possession of firearms and explosives. The State preposterously accused her of being a member of a gun-running syndicate when all she wields is her pen and camera. Icy has yet to be released from prison more than two weeks after the Mandaluyong Court dismissed the charges against her.
The enemies of freedom are mistaken in thinking our colleagues are easily cowed. Both remain steadfast and vow to keep speaking out for truth and justice. We applaud Cong and Icy’s fortitude against efforts to silence their voices. We are proud of them.
When social injustices reign, critical voices like Cong and Icy’s could only spark hope. There should be more voices like theirs, not less. #
-Joseph Ben “JB” R. Deveza -Rev. Fr. Ritche T. Salgado, OCarm
-Ronalyn “Len” V. Olea -JM Agreda
-Michelle Castro Zoleta -Raymund B. Villanueva
-Bobby Q. Labalan -Renato “Macky” Macaspac
-Winnie Aguilar -Kim Arveen Patria
-Ryan D. Rosauro
-Ed Lingao (Resource Person)