Armed men set tabloid newspaper plant on fire

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Armed men set tabloid newspaper plant on fire



MANILA, Philippines — Unidentified assailants attempted to burn a tabloid newspaper plant in Parañaque City early Monday in an attack said to be the first of its kind on a news outlet in recent history.

In a statement, Abante editor-in-chief Fernando Jadulco said four men—wearing hoods and carrying guns—stormed Abante News Group’s printing plant between 1 and 2 a.m., poured gasoline, and set printing machines and supplies on fire.

The group publishes tabloids Abante and Abante Tonite.

The incident happened in less than five minutes and injured at least two staff, Jadulco noted.

“The management and staff of Abante-Tonite condemn this dastardly attack, the first violent act against our group and its facilities since 1987,” Jadulco said.

He added: “We will not be cowed by this attempt to strike fear into our reporters, editors and staff. Our commitment to hard-hitting journalism remains unshaken.”

The National Union of Journalists in the Philippines said the incident is “believed to be the first attack of its kind on a news outfit in recent history.”

The Abante editor-in-chief said the immediate response of the Parañaque Fire Station prevented any serious damage to the facility. Police were also deployed to investigate the incident.

The Philippines placed 134th out of 180 countries this year on the World Press Freedom Index of media watchdog Reporters Without Borders. In 2018, the country ranked 133rd.

According to a report released by various Philippine-based media groups last May, there have been 128 cases of attacks and threats against Philippine press from June 30, 2016 to April 30, 2019. —



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  • ArnoldZArnoldZ Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    First time I heard of Absurd. The attack puts them in the spotlight. 
    What have they done to warrant such attack? 
    Was the attack real or ........?
  • NalaGidaNalaGida PEx Rookie ⭐
    this is alarming as it poses a threat to the press and media. I first saw the news online and I read that this incident came after Abante's successive headlines about certain gov't officials. but regardless if these individuals are involved or not, this should be taken seriously. 
  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Abante Tonite printing house stormed, burned by 4 armed men

    (UPDATED) Abante Tonite editor Fernando Jadulco says that his staff 'will not be cowed' by the first violent attack against their publication in 3 decades



    MANILA, Philippines (UPDATED) – In the latest attack against the press in the Philippines, the printing house of a leading Philippine tabloid was stormed and burned by 4 armed men on Monday morning, September 9.

    According to the police, 4 armed unidentified men marched to the printing house of Abante Tonite in Barangay San Isidro in Parañaque City. A woman security guard on duty reported to have been threatened by the men at gunpoint then ordered to duck as they ignited fire in the building.

    “She saw the unidentified men hold a gallon filled with gasoline and pour it into several files of
    newspapers inside the production area, setting [the area] on fire using a long lighter,” a police report said.

    After the fire was put out by the Parañaque Fire Station, police and fire investigators determined that the flame damaged multiple printing equipment and were set ablaze in “multiple origins.” They also recovered two plastic containers that could carry a gallon of gasoline each.

    Authorities estimated the damage at P50,000. There were no injuries or fatalities.

    Why this matters: In a statement, Abante Tonite managing editor Fernando Jadulco condemned the attack and said that his staff remained unshaken.

    “The management and staff of Abante and Tonite condemn this dastardly attack, the first violent act against our group and its facilities since 1987. We will not be cowed by this attempt to strike fear into our reporters, editors and staff. Our commitment to hard-hitting journalism remains unshaken,” he said.

    According to the National Union of Journalists of the Philippines, the incident is believed to be “the first attack of its kind on a news outfit in recent history.” Most attacks against Philippine media have been focused on journalists themselves, including legal cases, bans, harassment, and killings.

    Government must investigate

    Media watchdog Reporters without Borders urged the Philippine government's task force on media security to investigate the incident and "identify those responsible for this assault in press freedom."

    “This attack on the core of press production is targeted at the entire journalistic profession in the Philippines,” said Daniel *****, the head of RSF’s Asia-Pacific desk, in a statement on Tuesday, September 10. "The prevailing impunity for this kind of violation can no longer be tolerated.”

    RSF noted that the Philippines is one of the dangerous places for journalists in the world.

    "The latest fatal victim was Eduardo Dizon, a radio presenter who was shot 5 times at close range as he drove home on the southern island of Mindanao on July 10," RSF said in a statement.

    The College Editors Guild of the Philippines said the attack is part of a broader force of repression against the media under the Duterte administration, which has been accused of encouraging and tolerating attacks against journalists.

  • buddywbuddyw Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐

    Abante’s critical reports linked to arson incident in printing house


    Local tabloid Abante Tonite’s recent hard-hitting headlines could be the reason for an attack on its printing house in Parañaque City, according to a group.

    Four unidentified men, who were wearing hoods and carrying guns, reportedly stormed the Abante News Group’s printing plant at Barangay San Isidro in Parañaque City between 1 and 2 a.m.

    A female security guard on duty was held at gunpoint as they poured gasoline and set the printing machines and supplies on fire.

    The fire was put out by the Parañaque Fire Station and investigators found no injuries or fatalities. However, the property damage comprising several burnt printing equipment was estimated to be worth P50,000.

    The news group is home to long-running tabloids Abante and Abante Tonite.

    Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas noted on Twitter that the arson incident might’ve been a threat for its recent reports on controversial affairs such as the rice tariff law and the pardon of inmates convicted of heinous crimes.

    KMP added screenshots of Abante’s previous front page headlines.

    “Abante is among the country’s pioneer and leading Tagalog tabloids. It is read by the general public, particularly laborers and jeepney drivers,” it said on September 9.

    This was the same view of Abante Tonite managing editor Fernando Jadulco who shared that this was the first attack the publishing house experienced since 1987.

    “The management and staff of Abante and Tonite condemn this dastardly attack, the first violent act against our group and its facilities since 1987. We will not be cowed by this attempt to strike fear into our reporters, editors and staff. Our commitment to hard-hitting journalism remains unshaken,” Jadulco said in a statement.

    Abante, the parent company, was founded by national artist Virgilo Almario in 1987 through the printing house he owned Banahaw Publishing Corporation.

    In 1988, Amado Macasaet bought Abante from Almario. The Macasaet family runs the Monica Publishing Corporation that currently is the tabloid’s main publisher.

    Abante Tonite, the evening edition of Abante, started releasing issues in 1989. Abante’s online website, meanwhile, was launched in 2006.

    Another assault on press freedom

    While there’s no certainty on the motive and perpetrators yet, several groups condemned what happened to the media outfit.

    The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines said the event was a “clear attack” on freedom of the press and expression.

    “Whoever ordered this attack and whoever carried it out obviously believe they stand little chance of being caught, much less punished. After all, so many crimes and human rights abuses remain unsolved, the perpetrators free to continue sowing mayhem,” the organization said.

    “We challenge our law enforcement agencies to prove us wrong and begin chipping away at the culture of impunity by swiftly getting the perpetrators of this attack and successfully prosecuting them,” it added.







  • Darius03Darius03 Member PEx Influencer ⭐⭐⭐
    What? The arson attack was because the newspaper is :against some controversies?
    Kilusang Magbubukid ng Pilipinas noted on Twitter that the arson incident might’ve been a threat for its recent reports on controversial affairs such as the rice tariff law and the pardon of inmates convicted of heinous crimes.
    Threat to whom? Government officials?
     Government officials have arsonists and hit men, now?

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