MAKATI REGIONAL TRIAL COURT Judge Reynaldo Laigo has correctly denied--for utter lack of merit or evidence--a P10 million class action lawsuit by plaintiffs Ellen Tordesillas, Charmaine Deogracias, Ashzel Hachero, James Galvez and Vergel Santos in connection with the Manila Pen caper perpetrated by renegade Magdalo military officers Antonio Trillanes and Danilo Lim, who face separate charges of rebellion. I think the journalists ought to be charged in the latter cases as accomplices and accessories. Why should such mischief makers be rewarded for disobeying law enforcers trying to deal with a potentially deadly situation? Why should they not in fact be punished for crossing lines of simple common sense and professional ethics that endangered not only their own hubris-engorged hides, but the lives and limbs of guests, hotel workers and law enforcement personnel confronted with rebels Trillanes and Lim who were in fact cowardly using all those present as human shields? Ellen Tordesillas is dismayed, the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines cries foul and Harry Roque reaches for hysterical hyperbole by calling the decision "the biggest blow to our cherished civil liberties to date.” Oh puh-leeze, grow up already, you guyz! This was clearly a crime scene since the police were trying to serve arrest warrants against Trillanes and Lim while you folks mischievously obstructed them, endangering their lives and those of others. Apologies to those simple policemen and their families are in order. Just because you claim to have the right to get into harm's way, a-la Ces Drilon in Sulu recently, does not mean you have the right to endanger others. That is why the Public does not support your nutty and OA complaints. Press Freedom is not a license to obstruct justice and imperil the lives of those in charge of law and order, just so commercial journalists can get scoops and sell sensationalized news under the guise of satisfying the public's right to know.
Meanwhile, suspected Abu Sayyaf militants are threatening to execute (via Mindanao Examiner) four employees of the Basilan Electric cooperative because they have not received the 2 million pesos in ransom they are demanding. But all these courageous journalists are nowhere in sight...I suspect they only will only exercise press free at luxury Makati hotels. It's grim, when one recalls this is the place where last year the MILF/ASG ambushed/beheaded 14 Philippine Marines for "not coordinating" with them while looking for another ransomed captive, Fr. Giancarlo Bossi! The Abu Sayyaf is listed as a terrorist organization by the United States, the European Union and the United Nations Security Council.
Of course the Liberal Fascists over at the Philippine Daily Innuendo are repeating themselves, insisting, "Commercial Tabloidism uber alles!"