The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) was closely criticized by a gaggle of journalists after it supposedly put the blame on a tv crew that was harassed by Chinese language navy vessels within the West Philippine Sea (WPS).
The Nationwide Union of Journalists within the Philippines (NUJP) slammed the navy after it launched a press release cautioning journalists “to train prudence” in doing their jobs, together with making voyage within the WPS.
“It’s virtually just like the navy is asking the Filipino journalists ‘what have been you doing there?’ even when the higher query is likely to be aimed on the AFP: What have been you not doing there?” the NUJP stated in a press release Friday, April 9.
The difficulty stemmed from a chase down of a civilian motor banca carrying the crew of ABS-CBN, led by tv reporter Chiara Zambrano, by two missile-attack craft of the Chinese language Folks’s Liberation Military Navy (PLAN) and Coast Guard close to Ayungin Shoal (Second Thomas Reef) in Kalayaan, Palawan.
Main Gen. Edgard Arevalo, AFP spokesperson, stated in a press release that the navy was “involved” in regards to the incident however added: “Whereas we perceive the journalists’ insatiable want to be forward in reporting, we attraction to them to train prudence in the middle of their job.”
As an alternative of hitting the presence of journalists within the WPS, the NUJP stated the AFP needs to be alarmed on the presence and hostile acts of Chinese language vessels contained in the Philippines’ unique financial zone (EEZ).
“An much more vital query is what the Chinese language navy was doing in our waters and the way the Duterte administration plans to handle this incident,” the NUJP acknowledged.
Muntinlupa Rep. Ruffiano “Ruffy” Biazon, senior vice chairman of the Home nationwide protection and safety committee, additionally took a swipe at AFP for its lackluster response on China’s acts within the nation’s territory.
“As an alternative of elevating a difficulty of a journalist’s ‘insatiable want to get forward of reporting,’ the AFP needs to be extra involved that Filipinos have been harassed of their Space of Accountability,” Biazon stated.
“There needs to be an insatiable want to get forward in defending Filipinos and Philippine rights,” he added.
This reporter has reached out to Arevalo for a response however he has but to reply.
The nation has been protesting the presence of a whole lot of Chinese language vessels believed to be manned by maritime militia within the West Philippine Sea and Kalayaan Island Group in Palawan.
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